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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

You shouldn’t have to pay for any wood if you keep your eyes peeled. Watch for wood scrap piles at fence and home construction sites. These are good sources for the small sizes usually needed for bird houses.

 

Platform Shelters

Robins, Phoebes, Mourning Doves, House Finches, Song Sparrows, Blue Jays, Hawks, Owls, Osprey

Robin Platform Shelter
Robin Platform Shelter
Platforms are named for species corresponding to their general sizes, but really most species would utilize either platform, the location probably being the most significant factor. The robin shelter is also suitable for eastern and Say’s phoebes and doves as well as most backyard platform nesters.
 
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.
Mourning Dove Platform Shelter
Mourning Dove Platform Shelter
This platform is named for the largest of the desired backyard platform nesters, because that was the species that first occupied it. And the gable roof provides more room for the taller birds. Any of the platform nesting birds including robins, eastern and Say’s phoebes might claim it.
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.
Black Phoebe, Barn & Cliff Swallow Shelter
Black Phoebe, Barn & Cliff 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.
Nesting Platform for Great Horned Owls, Red-tailed Hawks and Ospreys
Platform for Great Horned Owls, Red-tailed Hawks & Ospreys
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 Shelters

Robins, Phoebes, Doves, Finches, Jays, Song Sparrows, Hawks, Owls, Osprey

Robin Platform Shelter
Robin Platform Shelter
Platforms are named for species corresponding to their general sizes, but really most species would utilize either platform, the location probably being the most significant factor. The robin shelter is also suitable for eastern and Say’s phoebes and doves as well as most backyard platform nesters.
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.
Mourning Dove Platform Shelter
Mourning Dove Platform Shelter
This platform is named for the largest of the desired backyard platform nesters, because that was the species that first occupied it. And the gable roof provides more room for the taller birds. Any of the platform nesting birds including robins, eastern and Say’s phoebes might claim it.
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.
Black Phoebe, Barn & Cliff Swallow Shelter
Black Phoebe, Barn & Cliff 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.
Nesting Platform for Great Horned Owls, Red-tailed Hawks and Ospreys
Platform for Great Horned Owls, Red-tailed Hawks & Ospreys
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 Shelters

Robins, Phoebes, Doves, House Finches, Blue Jays, Song Sparrows, Raptors

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Robin Platform Shelter
Robin Platform Shelter
Platforms are named for species corresponding to their general sizes, but these bird species would utilize either platform, the location probably being the most significant factor. The robin shelter is also suitable for eastern and Say’s phoebes and doves as well as most backyard platform nesters.
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.
 
Mourning Dove Platform Shelter
Mourning Dove Platform Shelter
This platform is named for the largest of the desired backyard platform nesters, because that was the species that first occupied it. And the gable roof provides more room for the taller birds. Any of the platform nesting birds including robins, eastern and Say’s phoebes might claim it.
 
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.
 
Black Phoebe, Barn & Cliff Swallow Shelter
Black Phoebe, Barn & Cliff Swallow Shelter
Shelter for Barn & Cliff Swallows & Black Phoebes
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.
 
Nesting Platform for Great Horned Owls, Red-tailed Hawks and Ospreys
Platform for Great Horned Owls, Red-tailed Hawks & Ospreys
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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