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Birdhouse Index

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Birdhouse Index

70birds

Birdhouse Index

Always use corrosion resistant screws and hardware. Drill countersunk pilot holes in primary work pieces (first piece the screw is inserted into). Drill regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces.

 

Clean and disinfect nest boxes with a 5% bleach and 95% water mix after the brooding season to prevent spread of disease and parasites. Use rubber gloves, eye protection, spray bottles, and sponges to completely saturate nest box interiors.

 

Use softwood. Cedar is beautiful, easy to work with, is often rough-cut, or simulated so for fencing, which is good for grip, and it endures. When fresh, it has a repellent effect on some insect pests. Pine is also a good, abundant softwood.

Hardwoods are difficult to work with, heavier and more suited to fine joinery used in furniture. It’s more work and not necessary.

 

3/4″ wood stock is the most common. 5/8″ stock where called for can be supplied with fencing material from most lumberyards. 5/8″ stock is used on the smaller nest boxes because 3/4″ stock is too thick and makes them look odd.

 

Phoebe & Flycatcher Bird Houses

Two Flycatcher Bird Houses and Four Phoebe Platforms

Ash-throated Flycatcher Birdhouse
Ash-throated Flycatcher Nest Box
The ash-throated flycatcher nest box has a 6″ by 6″ floor, a 9″ floor to ceiling height and a 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor.
 
Great-crested Flycatcher Birdhouse
Great-crested Flycatcher Nest Box
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
Phoebe Platform Shelter
The phoebe platform for eastern phoebes and Say’s phoebes has approximately a 6″ by 6″ base, approximately a 6″ ceiling, an open front and partially open sides.
Visit the open platform page.
Open Platform
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
Mourning Dove Platform Shelter
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 Platform Shelter
Robin Platform Shelter
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
Black Phoebe - Swallow Shelter
Black Phoebe, Barn & Cliff Swallow Shelters
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 Bird Houses

Two Flycatcher Bird Houses and Four Phoebe Platforms

Ash-throated Flycatcher Birdhouse
Ash-throated Flycatcher Nest Box
The ash-throated flycatcher nest box has a 6″ by 6″ floor, a 9″ floor to ceiling height and a 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor.
 
Great-crested Flycatcher Birdhouse
Great-crested Flycatcher Nest Box
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
Phoebe Platform Shelter
The phoebe platform for eastern phoebes and Say’s phoebes has approximately a 6″ by 6″ base, approximately a 6″ ceiling, an open front and partially open sides.
Visit the open platform page.
Open Platform
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
Mourning Dove Platform Shelter
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 Platform Shelter
Robin Platform Shelter
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
Black Phoebe - Swallow Shelter
Black Phoebe, Barn & Cliff Swallow Shelters
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 Bird Houses

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Ash-throated Flycatcher Birdhouse
Ash-throated Flycatcher Nest Box
The ash-throated flycatcher nest box has a 6″ by 6″ floor, a 9″ floor to ceiling height and a 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor.
Great-crested Flycatcher Birdhouse
Great-crested Flycatcher Nest Box
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
Phoebe Platform Shelter
The phoebe platform for eastern phoebes and Say’s phoebes has approximately a 6″ by 6″ base, approximately a 6″ ceiling, an open front and partially open sides.
Visit the open nesting platform page.
Open Nesting Platform
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
Mourning Dove Platform Shelter
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 Platform Shelter
Robin Platform Shelter
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
Black Phoebe - Swallow Shelter
Black Phoebe, Barn & Swallow Shelters
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.

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