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Birdhouse Index

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Birdhouse Index

70birds

Birdhouse Index

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.

 

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.

 

Wear Eye Protection!

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

 

Swallow & Purple Martin Bird Houses

Tree and Violet-green Swallows. Barn and Cliff Swallows. Purple Martins.

Tree & Violet Green Swallow Birdhouse
Tree & Violet Green Swallow Bird House
The tree and violet green swallow birdhouse has a 5″ by 5″ floor, an 8″ floor to ceiling height and a 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 6″ above the floor. Bluebirders often place tree swallow birdhouses within groups of bluebird houses because they protect their territory from sparrows, grackles and other intruders, yet are good neighbors to bluebirds.
 
Visit the swinging birdhouse page for woodworking plans and instructions
Swinging Bird House for Tree Swallows

USFWS recommends 1 1/2″ entrance holes for tree swallows and we’ve seen nothing about tree swallows in swinging birdhouses. Yet a pair of tree swallows were observed nesting in this swinging birdhouse with a 1 3/8″ entrance hole made for wrens and chickadees. So it is included here as well as the side mounted house.

 
See the Side-Mounted Birdhouse for Chickadees, Wrens, Nuthatches and Titmice
Side-Mounted Nest Box
The volume and 1 3/8″ side entrance hole in this nest box accommodates Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice, Wrens and Downy Woodpeckers, yet is normally too small for English Sparrows.  Visit this nest box page and view or print nest box plans.
 
Barn & Cliff Swallow & Black Phoebe Shelter
Barn & Cliff Swallow & Black Phoebe Shelter
Barn & Cliff Swallow & Black Phoebe Shelters
Barn and cliff swallows and black phoebes 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 not a 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.
 
Purple Martin House with Removable Front Panel
Purple Martin House
Here, there is only an unfinished purple martin house design and it’s open for discussion. Panels which cover all 4 compartment fronts on each side are secured only by inserting in place with no fasteners. We think it will make cleaning and maintenance easier.
Chimney Swift Nest
Chimney Swift Nest
No chimney swift tower designs here. There are some on the internet. They are major projects and we are not inclined to draw let alone build one. Chimney swifts seem to find sufficient numbers of abandoned brick and mortar chimneys and are commonly observed most any evening. Chimney swifts are not in the Hirundinidae family, but are included here for their characteristics.

Swallow & Purple Martin Bird Houses

Tree and Violet-green Swallows. Barn and Cliff Swallows. Purple Martins.

Tree & Violet Green Swallow Birdhouse
Tree & Violet Green Swallow Bird House
The tree and violet green swallow birdhouse has a 5″ by 5″ floor, an 8″ floor to ceiling height and a 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 6″ above the floor. Bluebirders often place tree swallow birdhouses within groups of bluebird houses because they protect their territory from sparrows, grackles and other intruders, yet are good neighbors to bluebirds.
 
Visit the swinging birdhouse page for woodworking plans and instructions
Swinging Bird House for Tree Swallows

USFWS recommends 1 1/2″ entrance holes for tree swallows and we’ve seen nothing about tree swallows in swinging birdhouses. Yet a pair of tree swallows were observed nesting in this swinging birdhouse with a 1 3/8″ entrance hole made for wrens and chickadees. So it is included here as well as the side mounted house.

 
See the Side-Mounted Birdhouse for Chickadees, Wrens, Nuthatches and Titmice
Side-Mounted Nest Box
The volume and 1 3/8″ side entrance hole in this nest box accommodates Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice, Wrens and Downy Woodpeckers, yet is normally too small for English Sparrows.  Visit this nest box page and view or print nest box plans.
 
Barn & Cliff Swallow & Black Phoebe Shelter
Barn & Cliff Swallow & Black Phoebe Shelter
Barn & Cliff Swallow & Black Phoebe Shelters
Barn and cliff swallows and black phoebes 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 not a 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.
 
Purple Martin House with Removable Front Panel
Purple Martin House
Here, there is only an unfinished purple martin house design and it’s open for discussion. Panels which cover all 4 compartment fronts on each side are secured only by inserting in place with no fasteners. We think it will make cleaning and maintenance easier.
Chimney Swift Nest
Chimney Swift Nest
No chimney swift tower designs here. There are some on the internet. They are major projects and we are not inclined to draw let alone build one. Chimney swifts seem to find sufficient numbers of abandoned brick and mortar chimneys and are commonly observed most any evening. Chimney swifts are not in the Hirundinidae family, but are included here for their characteristics.

Swallow & Purple Martin Houses

Tree and Violet-green Swallows
Barn & Cliff Swallows, Purple Martins

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Tree & Violet Green Swallow Birdhouse
Tree & Violet Green Swallow Bird House
The tree and violet green swallow birdhouse has a 5″ by 5″ floor, an 8″ floor to ceiling height and a 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 6″ above the floor. Bluebirders often place tree swallow birdhouses within groups of bluebird houses because they protect their territory from sparrows, grackles and other intruders, yet are good neighbors to bluebirds.
 
Swinging Birdhouse for Tree Swallows
Swinging Bird House for Tree Swallows
USFWS recommends 1 1/2″ entrance holes for tree swallows and we’ve seen nothing about tree swallows in swinging birdhouses. Yet a pair of tree swallows were observed nesting in this swinging birdhouse with a 1 3/8″ entrance hole made for wrens and chickadees. So it is included here as well as the side mounted house.
 
Side-Mounted Birdhouse
Side-Mounted Nest Box
The volume and 1 3/8″ side entrance hole in this nest box accommodates Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice, Wrens and Downy Woodpeckers, yet is normally too small for English Sparrows.
 
Barn & Cliff Swallow & Black Phoebe Shelter
Barn & Cliff Swallow & Black Phoebe Shelter
Barn & Cliff Swallow & Black Phoebe Shelters
Barn and cliff swallows and black phoebes 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.
Purple Martin House with Removable Front Panel
Purple Martin House
Here, there is only an unfinished purple martin house design and it’s open for discussion. Panels which cover all 4 compartment fronts on each side are secured only by inserting in place with no fasteners. We think it will make cleaning and maintenance easier.
Chimney Swifts
Chimney Swifts
No chimney swift tower designs here. There are some on the internet. They are major projects and we are not inclined to draw let alone build one. Chimney swifts seem to find sufficient numbers of abandoned brick and mortar chimneys and are commonly observed most any evening. Chimney swifts are not in the Hirundinidae family, but are included here for their characteristics.

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