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That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

Birding is a favorite hobby of millions of adults and kids. Invite a bird family with the right birdhouse in the right place.

Attracting bird families to birdhouses can be done anywhere. Even cities have large bird populations that live in birdhouses.

 

The familiar “nest box” design on these pages follow U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended species-specific dimensions that simulate tree cavities in which individual species commonly occupy.

 

Make bird houses with cedar, pine, or almost any soft wood.

Use rough-cut wood stock so that birds can grip wood surfaces.

Always use corrosion resistant screws and hardware.

A hinged roof or side door provides easy access to the interior.

 

Dimension tolerance on a birdhouse, which needs ventilation, is not very critical. Minor measuring or cutting mistakes, gaps, etc. are not always a problem.

Be precise where panels are joined at right angles (90º), the four sides and the floor, where precision is easiest to accomplish. A good fit and fastening there will make for a very sturdy box.

 

Build nest boxes according to species dimensions provided by USGS and USFWS: 1. floor, 2. inside front floor to ceiling, 3. inside floor to top of hole, 4. hole diameter.

Nest boxes made according to those four species-specific dimensions and placed in the right location will attract the intended bird species and possibly additional bird species.

 

Phoebe & Flycatcher Birdhouse Plans

2 Birdouse Plans for Flycatchers, 4 Platform Shelter Plans for Phoebes

Ash-throated Flycatcher Birdhouse Plans
Ash-throated Flycatcher Nest Box Plans
Mount on a tree or post in a secluded area in woodlands between four and ten feet high. Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice, Wrens, Tree and Violet Green Swallows (and sparrows!) may also use this nest box.
Great-crested Flycatcher Birdhouse Plans
Great-crested Flycatcher Nest Box Plans
Mount on a tree or post in a secluded area in woodlands between six and ten feet high with partial sun and shade. Woodpeckers and other birds including sparrows might nest in this box.
Phoebe Platform Shelter Plans
Phoebe Platform Shelter Plans
Do not mount in a tree. Make sure objects that cats and squirrels can climb do not provide access to the nest. The purpose of a platform is to simulate an isolated wall face below a cliff edge.
Open Nesting Platform Plans
Open Nesting Platform Plans
The open nesting platform can be used under porches, eaves and other open shelters. It’s possible any of the platform nesters could use this platform, depending where it’s mounted and each individual species inclination.
Mourning Dove Platform Shelter Plans
Mourning Dove Platform Shelter Plans
This platform is named for the largest of the desired backyard platform nesters (unless you include pigeons), but really any of the platform nesting birds including eastern and Say’s phoebes might claim it.
Robin Nesting Shelter Plans
Robin Nesting Shelter Plans
The robin shelter is also suitable for eastern and Say’s phoebes as well as most backyard platform nesters. And you might attract an American robin, one of the most easily attracted backyard birds.

Black Phoebe Shelter Plans
Black Phoebe, Swallow Shelter Plans
Black phoebes and barn and cliff swallows build mud nests on shear vertical faces under various objects that provide overhead shelter. There are cases where they have been attracted to shelters made specially for them when no others exist nearby.
One shelter has a 2″ by 8″ ledge, approximately a 8″ high gable roof, an open front and partially open sides. Another has a 2″ by 6″ ledge, approximately a 6″ ceiling, an open front and partially open sides.
Usually there is no need for these designs. Their nests adhere securely to vertical faces and they’re quite particular about their nesting places. Nevertheless, even if the shelters don’t attract birds, they make cute ornaments.

Phoebe & Flycatcher Birdhouse Plans

2 Birdouse Plans for Flycatchers, 4 Platform Shelter Plans for Phoebes

Ash-throated Flycatcher Birdhouse Plans
Ash-throated Flycatcher Nest Box Plans
Mount on a tree or post in a secluded area in woodlands between four and ten feet high. Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice, Wrens, Tree and Violet Green Swallows (and sparrows!) may also use this nest box.
 
Great-crested Flycatcher Birdhouse Plans
Great-crested Flycatcher Nest Box Plans
Mount on a tree or post in a secluded area in woodlands between six and ten feet high with partial sun and shade. Woodpeckers and other birds including sparrows might nest in this box.
 
Phoebe Platform Shelter Plans
Phoebe Platform Shelter Plans
Do not mount in a tree. Make sure objects that cats and squirrels can climb do not provide access to the nest. The purpose of a platform is to simulate an isolated wall face below a cliff edge.
Open Nesting Platform Plans
Open Nesting Platform Plans
The open nesting platform can be used under porches, eaves and other open shelters. It’s possible any of the platform nesters could use this platform, depending where it’s mounted and each individual species inclination.
Mourning Dove Platform Shelter Plans
Mourning Dove Platform Shelter Plans
This platform is named for the largest of the desired backyard platform nesters (unless you include pigeons), but really any of the platform nesting birds including eastern and Say’s phoebes might claim it.
Robin Nesting Shelter Plans
Robin Nesting Shelter Plans
The robin shelter is also suitable for eastern and Say’s phoebes as well as most backyard platform nesters. And you might attract an American robin, one of the most easily attracted backyard birds.

Black Phoebe Shelter Plans
Black Phoebe, Swallow Shelter Plans
Black phoebes and barn and cliff swallows build mud nests on shear vertical faces under various objects that provide overhead shelter. There are cases where they have been attracted to shelters made specially for them when no others exist nearby.
One shelter has a 2″ by 8″ ledge, approximately a 8″ high gable roof, an open front and partially open sides. Another has a 2″ by 6″ ledge, approximately a 6″ ceiling, an open front and partially open sides.
Usually there is no need for these designs. Their nests adhere securely to vertical faces and they’re quite particular about their nesting places. Nevertheless, even if the shelters don’t attract birds, they make cute ornaments.

Phoebe & Flycatcher Birdhouse Plans

2 Birdhouse Plans for Flycatchers
4 Platform Shelter Plans for Phoebes

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Ash-throated Flycatcher Birdhouse Plans
Ash-throated Flycatcher Nest Box Plans
Mount on a tree or post in a secluded area in woodlands between four and ten feet high. Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice, Wrens, Tree and Violet Green Swallows (and sparrows!) may also use this nest box.
Great-crested Flycatcher Birdhouse Plans
Great-crested Flycatcher Nest Box Plans
The great-crested flycatcher nest box has a 6″ by 6″ floor, a 9″ floor to ceiling height and a 1 3/4″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor.
Phoebe Platform Shelter Plans
Phoebe Platform Shelter Plans
Do not mount in a tree. Make sure objects that cats and squirrels can climb do not provide access to the nest. The purpose of a platform is to simulate an isolated wall face below a cliff edge.
Open Nesting Platform Plans
Open Nesting Platform Plans
The open nesting platform can be used under porches, eaves and other open shelters. It’s possible any of the platform nesters could use this platform, depending where it’s mounted and each individual species inclination.
Mourning Dove Platform Shelter Plans
Mourning Dove Platform Shelter Plans
This platform is named for the largest of the desired backyard platform nesters (unless you include pigeons), but really any of the platform nesting birds including eastern and Say’s phoebes might claim it.
Robin Nesting Shelter Plans
Robin Nesting Shelter Plans
The robin shelter is also suitable for eastern and Say’s phoebes as well as most backyard platform nesters. And you might attract an American robin, one of the most easily attracted backyard birds.
Black Phoebe Shelter Plans
Black Phoebe, Swallow Shelter Plans
Black phoebes and barn and cliff swallows build mud nests on shear vertical faces under various objects that provide overhead shelter. There are cases where they have been attracted to shelters made specially for them when no others exist nearby.

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