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Make pilot holes slightly larger in the primary work piece (first piece in which the screw is inserted) such that screws can be turned in easily without leaving room for movement.

Screws should be more snug in secondary work pieces so that screws can be tightened, but not so tight as to split the wood or to strip the hole and loosen the screw.

 

Wear Eye Protection!

Eye injuries are the most common serious injury and the most easily prevented.

 

Hinges are suggested for easy access. Other methods for attaching roofs are just as good. However, most nest boxes are mounted out of reach for most people.

Birdhouse mounting, monitoring and maintenance on ladders are awkward chores that require “three hands”. Convenience increases safety when working at heights.

 

Use a hand held screwdriver to assemble work pieces. This allows the crafts person to feel and better judge appropriate hole sizes and snugness to prevent stripping and splitting wood.

 

Shelters for Black Phoebes, Barn Swallows & Cliff Swallows

Barn and cliff swallows and black phoebes build mud nests under bridges, overhead shelters and similar structures that provide protection and open access.

These voracious insect eating birds are great neighbors.

There are cases where they have been attracted to shelters made specially for them.

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.

Pine Wood Shelter for Barn & Cliff Swallows and Black Phoebes
Black Phoebe & Barn & Cliff Swallow Shelter Made with Pine

Barn swallows used to nest on cliffs, in caves and tree hollows. They have mostly adapted to nesting in human made structures such as barns, open sheds, under eaves and sometimes under bridges and wharves.

Select to view or print complete plans.

Cliff swallows historically nested in large colonies on cliff faces and many still do. Many have adapted to nesting on the undersides of bridges, often over water, under wharves and similar structures. They don’t nest near people as often as barn swallows although they sometimes nest under eaves.

Black phoebes nest on vertical surfaces often directly over or near water on old shed walls, bridges, even abandoned wells on farms, in towns and cities and in the wild among natural formations.

Select to view or print complete shelter plans of phoebe and swallow mud nests.

Mount shelters on the side of a garage or shed over looking open spaces and foliage from seven to twelve feet high. Place over water for cliff swallows. Carefully select a location that provides a balance of protection from predators and elements, access and visibility.

Do not mount in trees. Make sure objects that cats and squirrels can climb do not provide access to the nest. The purpose of a platform, or ledge, is to simulate an isolated cliff edge on a wall face. It’s usually safe from predators and they can survey a wide area from their roost.

These shelters may be useful in only a few situations such as where no open shelters or eaves exist. The mud pellet nests of black phoebes and barn and cliff swallows readily adhere to vertical surfaces without any assistance. If structures that these birds typically use for nesting are available, there may be no need for these shelters. But you never know. They are attractive ornaments and are not a lot of work.

Birds that may Nest under these Shelters

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Black Phoebe, Barn & Cliff Swallow Shelters

Barn and cliff swallows and black phoebes build mud nests under bridges, overhead shelters and similar structures that provide protection and open access.

These voracious insect eating birds are great neighbors.

There are cases where they have been attracted to shelters made specially for them.

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.

Barn swallows used to nest on cliffs, in caves and tree hollows. They have mostly adapted to nesting in human made structures such as barns, open sheds, under eaves and sometimes under bridges and wharves.

View or print phoebe, swallow shelter plans.

Cliff swallows historically nested in large colonies on cliff faces and many still do. Many have adapted to nesting on the undersides of bridges, often over water, under wharves and similar structures. They don’t nest near people as often as barn swallows although they sometimes nest under eaves.

Black phoebes nest on vertical surfaces often directly over or near water on old shed walls, bridges, even abandoned wells on farms, in towns and cities and in the wild among natural formations.

View or print shelter plans.

Mount shelters on the side of a garage or shed over looking open spaces and foliage from seven to twelve feet high. Place over water for cliff swallows. Carefully select a location that provides a balance of protection from predators and elements, access and visibility.

Do not mount in trees. Make sure objects that cats and squirrels can climb do not provide access to the nest. The purpose of a platform, or ledge, is to simulate an isolated cliff edge on a wall face. It’s usually safe from predators and they can survey a wide area from their roost.

These shelters may be useful in only a few situations such as where no open shelters or eaves exist. The mud pellet nests of black phoebes and barn and cliff swallows readily adhere to vertical surfaces without any assistance. If structures that these birds typically use for nesting are available, there may be no need for these shelters. But you never know. They are attractive ornaments and are not a lot of work.

Birds That May Nest Under These Shelters

Visit the Barn Swallow Species Page
Visit the Cliff Swallow Species Page
Visit the Black Phoebe Species Page

Shelters for Black Phoebes,
Barn Swallows & Cliff Swallows

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Barn and cliff swallows and black phoebes build mud nests under bridges, overhead shelters and similar structures that provide protection and open access.

These voracious insect eating birds are great neighbors.

There are cases where they have been attracted to shelters made specially for them.

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.

Barn swallows used to nest on cliffs, in caves and tree hollows. They have mostly adapted to nesting in human made structures such as barns, open sheds, under eaves and sometimes under bridges and wharves.

View or print phoebe, swallow shelter plans.

Cliff swallows historically nested in large colonies on cliff faces and many still do. Many have adapted to nesting on the undersides of bridges, often over water, under wharves and similar structures. They don’t nest near people as often as barn swallows although they sometimes nest under eaves.

Black phoebes nest on vertical surfaces often directly over or near water on old shed walls, bridges, even abandoned wells on farms, in towns and cities and in the wild among natural formations.

View or print shelter plans.

Mount shelters on the side of a garage or shed over looking open spaces and foliage from seven to twelve feet high. Place over water for cliff swallows. Carefully select a location that provides a balance of protection from predators and elements, access and visibility.

Do not mount in trees. Make sure objects that cats and squirrels can climb do not provide access to the nest. The purpose of a platform, or ledge, is to simulate an isolated cliff edge on a wall face. It’s usually safe from predators and they can survey a wide area from their roost.

These shelters may be useful in only a few situations such as where no open shelters or eaves exist. The mud pellet nests of black phoebes and barn and cliff swallows readily adhere to vertical surfaces without any assistance. If structures that these birds typically use for nesting are available, there may be no need for these shelters. But you never know. They are attractive ornaments and are not a lot of work.

Birds That Nest Under These Shelters

Visit the Black Phoebe Species Page.
Visit the Barn Swallow Species Page
Visit the Cliff Swallow Species Page

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