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Catbird Visiting My Birdhouse

by Chris Moore
(Canandaigua, NY USA)


I have a birdhouse with a camera (hoping for a nest, but no luck so far).

We live in Western NY (Canandaigua Lake specifically).

We put the birdhouse up in March.

We have had no nsets so far :0(

However, a catbird keeps visiting - flying in and out.

Why is that?

They do not nest in birdhouses, do they?

Thanks for any info.
Chris Moore

Hi Chris

Interesting behavior for a Catbird, as they do not characteristically use cavities to build a nest in.

They typically build a cup like nest in a dense bush, vine or low tree anywhere between 3 to 10 feet off the ground on a horizontal branch. Although The Cornell Lab states that some have been witnessed at 60 feet.

I have never heard of a Catbird nesting in a bird house, but I have heard of other non cavity nesting birds checking out bird houses.

It would be interesting to know if any non-cavity nesting birds actually do choose to use one.

Please let us know if the Catbird does start building.


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