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The height of the nest in relation to the entrance is pretty important. Assuming the box is on a baffled pole, the greatest danger is from an avian predator that would be able to snatch hatchlings through the hole. A 1.5″ hole would admit the head of starlings, crows, and woodpeckers all of whom prey on baby birds. What you need to look at is where the cup of the nest is in relation to the entrance. If it looks far enough away that no head can reach them then things should be fine.

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