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May 20, 2018 17:02 |  #1

I've been recently working hard chopping down dead Aspen trees in my backyard. Then, I saw some old Taekwondo breaking boards that were just lying around in my garage, so I thought I'd use both materials to build myself a backyard bird house for the first time. Wish I had made it at the beginning of spring when the birds could have used it....

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Jun 13, 2018 06:07 |  #2

Any Luck so far ?
I think that appears to be a mighty big hole for any communal species. I'd like to hear more of your progress !


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Jun 13, 2018 09:49 |  #3

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Any Luck so far ?
I think that appears to be a mighty big hole for any communal species. I'd like to hear more of your progress !

Believe it or not, after I posted this I made three more birdhouses similar to this with smaller holes. Since I made them I've been doing lots of yard work (cutting down dead Aspen trees, chopping them up for fire, setting up raised garden beds, improving watering for my fruit trees, etc.) all near the birdhouses, so naturally birds are staying away. They're hardly even visiting my several feeders due to all the commotions I make.

Basically, my birdhouses serve as my backyard decorations for this summer while I continue to complete my backyard projects. I'm hoping to see some action come next spring when I'll be able to stay away from my backyard to give these birds some privacy and space.

If I find out that no birds are making good uses out of these birdhouses because the holes are too large, then I'll make the holes smaller with a bunch of twigs...



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Jun 13, 2018 16:15 |  #4

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Believe it or not, after I posted this I made three more birdhouses similar to this with smaller holes. Since I made them I've been doing lots of yard work (cutting down dead Aspen trees, chopping them up for fire, setting up raised garden beds, improving watering for my fruit trees, etc.) all near the birdhouses, so naturally birds are staying away. They're hardly even visiting my several feeders due to all the commotions I make.

Basically, my birdhouses serve as my backyard decorations for this summer while I continue to complete my backyard projects. I'm hoping to see some action come next spring when I'll be able to stay away from my backyard to give these birds some privacy and space.

If I find out that no birds are making good uses out of these birdhouses because the holes are too large, then I'll make the holes smaller with a bunch of twigs...

I had one birdhouse up for over 10 years with no luck. I liked it because it is giant acorn shaped thing... Of course I had it in an oak ;-)a

Anyway, I moved it two years ago and I'm now seeing the second nesting of Carolina Wrens in it as we speak !

Here is a little guide you might find interesting.... http://99birdhouses.co​m …ole-sizes-and-dimensions/ (external link)


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Jun 13, 2018 17:31 |  #5

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I had one birdhouse up for over 10 years with no luck. I liked it because it is giant acorn shaped thing... Of course I had it in an oak ;-)a

Anyway, I moved it two years ago and I'm now seeing the second nesting of Carolina Wrens in it as we speak !

Here is a little guide you might find interesting.... http://99birdhouses.co​m …ole-sizes-and-dimensions/ (external link)

Congratulations on the second nesting of Carolina Wrens.

I looked at the hole sizes and dimensions you provided, and the first birdhouse that I made was measured 1 3/4" and the rest 3 birdhouse holes measured 1 1/2". Now, the kind of birds that frequent my backyard are typically House Finch (sometimes Goldfinch) and House Wren. I haven't seen House Wren in my backyard for the past 15 years that I've lived in this house, but this year my backyard was filled with House Wrens. In fact, they were busily building a nest in one of the birdhouses that I purchased from Costco (the only purchased one), but they abandoned half way through because of my backyard activities.

According to your guide, the hole size for House Finch should be 1 1/2" so I'm pretty good there. For House Wren, it's 1" to 1 1/2" so I'm pretty okay there, too. It's now a matter of giving them lots of privacy and space, but I'm pretty much preparing for next spring.

Today, when I saw that one of the Tiki torches that my previous house owner had left in the storage house was burnt about half way down, I thought why not give it a try as a birdhouse as an experiment rather than throwing it away. I cut away the first half that was burnt, and while the rest of the "hole" is too large, I think the birds can do something with it to suit there needs.


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Jun 13, 2018 20:57 as a reply to  @ SYS's post |  #6

A Robin family might fancy that if it had a little roof over it maybe ?

You have a creative mind !


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A Robin family might fancy that if it had a little roof over it maybe ?

You have a creative mind !

Ummm.... I don't really like Robin all that much.... :-D



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Jun 13, 2018 21:16 |  #8

Something else I did for the birds today....

My previous house owner apparently had used Dish Network. I don't, so I was about to dump it into the trash when I thought why not use it as a bird bath?

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And there you have it, a bird bath in my backyard.... Once the paint is all dried, I just have to add the water for the birds to splash in....


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Jun 14, 2018 08:50 |  #9

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Ummm.... I don't really like Robin all that much.... :-D

Wassa matter with robins ? ?


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I bought a pneumatic brad nailer for fun and decided what better way to play then to build a bird house. It's a double occupancy, now mounted high on my garage. 1st year a lovely family moved in the front side, but something must of happened to them. Since then I'll see birds check it out, but they fly away. I didn't make a clean out access, so there may be a carcass within that scares off potential squatters.

Your design appears to be top notch free of the 1400 brads I used to secure my duplex together. The articulating roof in your home is top notch.


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Wassa matter with robins ? ?

In retrospect, I think it's inaccurate of me to have said that I "don't like" robins. Rather, I find them boring simply because they're literally everywhere, day in day out. In fact, as I'm typing this in my backyard patio table, I see one sauntering around.



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I bought a pneumatic brad nailer for fun and decided what better way to play then to build a bird house. It's a double occupancy, now mounted high on my garage. 1st year a lovely family moved in the front side, but something must of happened to them. Since then I'll see birds check it out, but they fly away. I didn't make a clean out access, so there may be a carcass within that scares off potential squatters.

Your design appears to be top notch free of the 1400 brads I used to secure my duplex together. The articulating roof in your home is top notch.

Thank you. After the first one, I ran out of hinges and became too lazy to run to a store to get more, so I made the rest without the access doors. I figure it'd be bit more inconvenient when cleaning but shouldn't be too difficult... We'll see...



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Jun 14, 2018 11:00 as a reply to  @ SYS's post |  #13

You might try hanging it upside down.




  
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Jun 14, 2018 23:25 |  #14

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I had one birdhouse up for over 10 years with no luck. I liked it because it is giant acorn shaped thing... Of course I had it in an oak ;-)a

Anyway, I moved it two years ago and I'm now seeing the second nesting of Carolina Wrens in it as we speak !

Here is a little guide you might find interesting.... http://99birdhouses.co​m …ole-sizes-and-dimensions/ (external link)

She Said YES !!!

Happiest little fellah in town ! 8-)


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Jun 14, 2018 23:29 |  #15

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In retrospect, I think it's inaccurate of me to have said that I "don't like" robins. Rather, I find them boring simply because they're literally everywhere, day in day out. In fact, as I'm typing this in my backyard patio table, I see one sauntering around.

It's easy to dismiss the birds we regularly see....
"Oh yeah... just another (put bird name here)"


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