I welcome my first wild tenants to a nesting box.
I have decided to move into the real estate business letting out nesting boxes to wild birds in my garden. My first customers moved in to their new home in the last few days.
I encountered birds nesting in metal boxes designed for smokers to dispose of their used cigarettes last year, which prompted me to supply nesting boxes in my garden as healthier places to nest for wild birds.
I miss my garden fox Amber, who last year spent many days sleeping in my garden in the sun. My new visitors taking up residence are a pair of blue tits, who are currently building their nest in the nesting box, situated in an apple tree. The nesting box cost me less than $5 to buy, something rough and natural, so I purchased three for my avian tenants.
Having wild animals living in a garden can provide hidden benefits for the gardener. The blue tits can have anything as high as sixteen young in a nest, each requiring 100 caterpillars a day for food (or 1600 caterpillars a day for 16 young), which would significantly reduce any caterpillar problem in a garden. Rather than use chemicals, a family of blue tits can offer a sustainable natural solution to a caterpillar infestation problem.