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Author(s):Stanback, Mark
Author Affiliation:Davidson College
Title:Brown-headed nuthatch enhancement study
Section:Wildlife links program
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Source:2008 Turfgrass and Environmental Research Summary. 2008, p. 75.
# of Pages:1
Publishing Information:Far Hills, NJ: United States Golf Association
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Sitta pusilla; Aves; Habitat improvement; Wildlife; Birdhouses; Pinus echinata
Note:Pictures, color
USGA Summary Points:Brown-headed nuthatch numbers have declined throughout the Southeast. Their supposed dependence on old growth pine forests - and susceptibility to habitat alteration - is usually blamed for this decline. We offer an alternative hypothesis - that nest site competition with a burgeoning eastern bluebird population is responsible. We monitored nest box use by bluebirds and nuthatches on golf courses and found that pine density had little effect on nest box use by nuthatches. Instead, the exclusion of bluebirds (via smaller entrance holes) was the best predictor of nest box occupation by nuthatches. Brown-headed nuthatch numbers increased dramatically on three golf courses where bluebirds were excluded from one-third of nest boxes. Control courses had few, if any, breeding nuthatches over the same period. When bluebird-friendly holes were returned to experimental boxes, bluebirds quickly evicted resident nuthatches. To prevent monopolization of nest boxes by bluebirds, golf courses in the Southeast should provide smaller entrance holes on a subset of their nest boxes.
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Stanback, M. 2008. Brown-headed nuthatch enhancement study. Turfgrass Environ. Res. Summ. p. 75.
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