Cleveland Zoo Bird Trail Exploration
March 22, 2010

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Just a quick run through of the potential species that could be attracted by nest boxes.  Remember, not all birds use cavities/nest boxes, so there may be many others nesting nearby (as we saw from old nests in the trees and shrubs).  We want to minimize House Sparrow and Starling use.  We want to minimize predation or nest box takeover by squirrels, mice ….  We don’t want to attract potential predators (larger owls) to Zoo grounds.  Consider ease of set up, take down and opening for cleaning or repairing.  Consider a similar shape of design of most boxes but with appropriate dimensions for the species and appropriate hole size.  The Purple Martin box or plastic gourds will be a little different.  Consider having the entrances to the bird boxes facing east to southeast, less rain gets in due to weather patterns


Near the Brookside Park entrance overlooking Big Creek and I-71


American Kestrel

Northern Flicker

Tree Swallow (?)

Eastern Bluebird

Purple Martin

House Wren – closer to wooded area

Carolina Wren – closer to wooded area


Any of the wooded areas around Zoo grounds


Eastern Screech Owl

Great Crested Flycatcher (?)

Northern Flicker (?)

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

White-breasted Nuthatch

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Carolina Wren

House Wren


Any of the shrubby areas around Zoo grounds


Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Carolina Wren

House Wren



Seems as though I am forgetting some species.  If you look at the species listed, you will notice that there are certain species that like more woods, like more shrubs and like more open areas.  That can be something people can learn about – certain habitat = certain species
Examining bird boxes
Examining bird boxes at Zoo © Penny O'Connor

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