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That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

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.

 

Find free wood pieces at fence and home construction sites. The small sizes usually needed for bird houses are often trash for others.

 

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.

 

These plans are flexible.

Depending on climate and sun exposure, the top of the front panel (or side panels) can be cut at 90º and 1/2″ or 3/4″ shorter to create a gap under the roof, which provides extra ventilation.

Create you own design using the 4 species dimensions.

 

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.

 

Platform Shelter Plans

Open and Sheltered Platforms Plans for 16 Bird Species

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.
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.
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.
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.

Black Phoebe, Barn & Cliff Swallow Shelter Plans
Black Phoebe, Barn & Cliff 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.

Black Phoebe, Barn & Cliff Swallow Shelter Plans
Black Phoebe, Barn & Cliff 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.
Great Horned Owl, Red-tailed Hawk & Osprey Platform Plans
Great Horned Owl, Red-tailed Hawk & Osprey Platform Plans
This platform should be mounted 14′ or higher on a sturdy post or structure on a forest edge or in a clearing adjacent to a tree line. A substantial build and a dangerous height, so find a professional.
 

Platform Shelter Plans

Open & Sheltered Platform Plans for 16 Bird Species

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.
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.
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.
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.

Black Phoebe, Barn & Cliff Swallow Shelter Plans
Black Phoebe, Barn & Cliff 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.
Great Horned Owl, Red-tailed Hawk & Osprey Platform Plans
Great Horned Owl, Red-tailed Hawk & Osprey Platform Plans
This platform should be mounted 14′ or higher on a sturdy post or structure on a forest edge or in a clearing adjacent to a tree line. A substantial build and a dangerous height, so find a professional.
 

Platform Shelter Plans

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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.
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.
Black Phoebe Shelter Plans
Black Phoebe, Barn & Cliff 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.
Great Horned Owl, Red-tailed Hawk & Osprey Platform Plans
Great Horned Owl, Red-tailed Hawk & Osprey Platform Plans
This platform should be mounted 14′ or higher on a sturdy post or structure on a forest edge or in a clearing adjacent to a tree line. A substantial build and a dangerous height, so find a professional.

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