Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Zeiss - Always on the lookout for something special – Shop now

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

House Martin nest boxes

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old Saturday 4th August 2018, 12:30   #1
creedence
Registered User

 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Edinburgh
Posts: 243
House Martin nest boxes

I have a couple of House Martin boxes to put up next year. I was just wondering how likely they are to be occupied? Some of my boxes, eg Tree Creeper box, have never been touched. Also how much of a problem can sparrows be in taking over the box? There are a few pairs nearby. With thanks.
creedence is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Thursday 20th September 2018, 16:53   #2
lazza
Registered User
 
lazza's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Morpeth, Northumberland
Posts: 1,566
I have had two House Martin nest boxes (well clay cups) on my house for 4 summers now, and nothing has nested in them. They have been visited once or twice but they are obviously not to the prospectors liking! What is doubly frustrating is that 6 of the 8 houses of the same design as ours on the same street have genuine House Martin nests in the gable roof, but not ours!!
__________________
World life list: 524 (Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Abu Dhabi, UAE; September 2018)
UK life list: 225 (Little Tern, Low Newton, Northumberland; May 2018)
Morpeth Garden list: 69 (Lapwing, July 2018)
2018 year list: 229 (Northern Wheatear, Cresswell Pond, Northumberland; September)
lazza is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 30th September 2018, 10:08   #3
creedence
Registered User

 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Edinburgh
Posts: 243
Thanks Lazza, sorry to hear about your lack of success. Do you think it matters which direction the boxes face? N S E or W? You didn't even get House Sparrows?
creedence is offline  
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
Reply


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
House Martin Nest Boxes RuberyBlue Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes 1 Wednesday 29th June 2016 16:50
House Martin boxes socksitis Nestboxes 0 Friday 3rd June 2011 20:19
Fallen House Martin Nest DLSkelton Birds & Birding 4 Sunday 11th July 2010 21:56
House martin nest damage caroleanne Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes 14 Tuesday 6th July 2010 22:35
House Martin swooping - will they nest? david2004 Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes 3 Sunday 12th June 2005 14:59

{googleads}

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.15377593 seconds with 14 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 09:54.