We have an old wood duck box on a pole in the water on the big pond that I have been meaning to rehabilitate for a decade. It requires getting into a kayak and using tools. I'm probably better off just putting up a new one on land!

Regarding birdhouse styles, those with perches make it easier for predators and should therefore be discouraged. See this article: https://www.massaudubon.org/learn/nature-wildlife/birds/birdhouses

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Your posting was an inspiration to “clean up” a half dozen bluebird boxes that over the years have been screwed and nailed shut on Keeler Hill. Unfortunately only 2 of the houses were salvageable and new ones will need to be acquired. And thank you for explaining that all birdhouses are not the same - some birds like the openings small and 4+ inches above the bottom of the box. While others require a perch at the entrance. I am not sure of their territory but perhaps a wood duck box or two would be appropriate for one of your ponds.

In any event, thank you for your posting.

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