Cavity nesters are birds that are not always visibly encountered in the wild. Cavity nester birds are a variety of bird species that make their nests in cavities, holes, trees, or other structures. Examples of cavity nester birds include woodpeckers, bluebirds, owls, titmice, and swallows. These birds have adapted over time to take advantage of existing hollows in trees or artificial structures, such as buildings. Cavity nesters have specialized anatomy that allows them to excavate cavities to nest and find food sources . They often use their long beaks to dig into softer wood and drill into hard surfaces to create the perfect nest for raising young. Instead of gathering supplies and materials to form a nest, they physically make one into a pre-existing structure.
Adding on, to using existing cavities, cavity nester birds may create their nesting sites. Woodpeckers use their strong beaks to create nesting cavities and search for food. Bluebirds, titmice, and swallows will often build nests of twigs and grasses in the cavities they find. They may also line their nest with softer materials, such as fur or feathers, to keep their eggs and young safe and warm. These nests placed inside structures also keep them better protected from predators and the elements.
Empty nests left by cavity creators can benefit other species. By providing nesting opportunities for small passerines, such as chickadees, warblers, and wrens. These smaller birds may not have the strength or anatomy to excavate their cavities, so that they will use existing sites made by cavity nesters. Cavity nesters can provide food sources for other species by bringing insects and larvae to their nest sites. Leftover food and even whole nests can benefit the next bird looking for a new place to live.
But not only do you find cavity nesters in the wild, you can also find them in your house or place of work. Birds nesting in the walls can create many problems for homeowners and business owners. Nesting birds can damage attic insulation and block vents, leading to costly repairs. If the nesting birds are from a protected species, it may be illegal to remove them. The droppings from the nesting birds can contain bacteria and parasites that are hazardous to human health. Birds can also carry mites and fleas, which can spread throughout the house. Finally, birds nesting in walls or other enclosed spaces can create a noise problem for homeowners. Chirping, cooing, and vocalizations from the birds are distracting and disruptive for those living inside the home.
Removing nesting birds as soon as possible is vital to prevent these issues. This can be done with a professional wildlife removal service or store-bought traps and repellents. Live removal may be necessary and should only be done by a professional. Following local regulations when removing nesting birds is essential, as some species may be protected. Once the birds have been removed, homeowners should ensure the birds cannot return by sealing off any possible entry points in the walls. In addition, it is essential to clean up the nesting material and droppings, as they can lead to health problems if left untreated. Ensure the cleaning is done safely and correctly with sanitizer, gloves, and masks. Bird droppings can spread disease once they become airborne. With the proper precautions, homeowners can prevent birds from nesting in their walls and protect their homes from costly repairs and health risks.
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