Ruru Nesting Boxes

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Re: Ruru Nesting Boxes

Postby MaggiePurnell » Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:49 am

Hi, we have just made a couple of ruru boxes and are now finding places to put them in our rural garden and environs. Thank you for all the info about height, shade etc, but we have lots of starlings and wonder how likely they are to nest in the boxes, and if there are any sure fire ways of keeping them out! We followed the wingspan plan with 100mm entrance. Thanks.
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Re: Ruru Nesting Boxes

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:46 pm

I've not seen any sign of starlings in the box I put up. I suspect they prefer a smaller entrance hole and a ruru would have right of way if they both happened to give it a go.

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