I asked recently for information about how to be a good tree swallow nest
box landlord. I've found this wonderful site (co-sponsored by the Cornell
Lab of Ornithology) that tells you everything you could possibly want to
know about hosting and monitoring nest boxes for any type of cavity nesting
They provide monitoring instructions, worksheets for field observations when
monitoring boxes, and an easy way to input your data at the end of the
summer for research purposes.
And best of all, they've got a slew of live "nest cams" around the
country... you can see nesting barn owls, elf owls, osprey, and bluebirds.
Talk about your reality TV!
The swallows have been moving in as fast as my husband can put up the boxes
(we've got 5-6 up at this point) so I think I've just gotten myself a summer