I ran across this today when researching the HOSP issue. Someone (not familiar with him but he is a certified agronomist/natural resources manager) reports that he has had 100% success in deterring HOSP nesting by raising the nest box floor to within 3″ of the opening. He says this prevents the HOSP from building their tall domed nest.
It’s not a good plan for any native species. That depth is not good. The house sparrow will reach in and pick up babies and drop them on the ground. I know from experience. I had a regular depth nest but a shallower nest would make it easier.
And that’s hard to believe. They nest in letters on signage and those have to be shallow.