Any wild bird landlords here?

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by joerogrz, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. joerogrz

    joerogrz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Or birdhouse builders? I started doing this early this year and had several bird boxes made up for a few different species of birds. Made up two for Eastern Bluebirds, 2 for Carolina Wrens, 1 for Chickadees or Titmice, and another for either Screech Owls or Wood Ducks (Depends on how high you put it)...

    Here's a pic of one of my Bluebird houses. It's made of E.Red Cedar.
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    The tenants' kids.
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    The kids not long after hatching. Not as cute as a baby chicken.
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    Here they are about a week later.
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    And once again, right before they were able to fly. Yeah the poo is nasty...
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    These birds came along in Spring and they survived a few pretty harsh storms. Up until I took the last pic, I thought there were only 5 in the nest, but if you look close enough in the last pic you can see 6.

    Before anyone asks about me opening up the house, I made it so that it hinges on the front piece. Yes you can take a look at the birds when they're that young. It just makes the parents a little nervous and I had Ma and Pa Bluebird dive-bombing me while I was taking pics of their babies.

    I was really hoping to attract some Purple Martins here, but from what I've been reading it may be a big pain to do that.
     
  2. chicks rule

    chicks rule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very cool, I have a wren that likes to build in a hanging basket I keep on my porch, two years in a row now, before that she built on top on my porch light, LOL.
     
  3. Queen Scoot

    Queen Scoot Crochet Chieftess

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    HOOKERVILLE!!!
    we have feeders all along our property.they stay filled year yournd. love watching the birds!!!
     
  4. joerogrz

    joerogrz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had a pair of Wrens that were building on our porch also. They would find little nooks to build in. Also shoes. They have a tendency to keep building nests for some reason. Even when they already have one.

    Here is a Wren box that I built out of Black Walnut and the front is Red Oak I believe. Coated with a little boiled linseed oil on the outside to preserve it better.
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    This particular box was going at the end of the driveway to keep some Wrens from building in the mailbox. I liked it so much I wanted to put it closer to the house though. My Chickadee/Titmouse box is built the same way with the tree bark on the front.
     
  5. cherig22

    cherig22 Green Fields Farm

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    We feed a small army in the winter. Carolina chickadees, Tufted Titmouse, cardinals, nuthatches and more.

    Feed is so cheep, for the cheeps..... [​IMG]

    Cheri
     
  6. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I am a bird landlord. There is a "knot" in one of our Maples and the woodpeckers live there. (one of this spring's babies)
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    I also have finches in the front yard (they nest in a hanging candle holder of all things! LOL) and sparrows rule the back yard.
     
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  7. Jena

    Jena The Welsh Witch

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    I hae lots of small garden birds liing in my area, and I have feeders hanging all around the garden, this year for the second year I hae a greater spotted woodpecker visiting, and I hae just built a new Bird table.

    My blackbird family come down regularly and seem to be having a chat with the chickens.

    It is lovely to watch them, and cost very little to make sure they make it through winter.

    Now I will have a go at building some nest boxes too, loads of trees and hedgerows to put them.

    Thanks for the pics. They are excellent.

    Jena.
     
  8. bantamfan

    bantamfan Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm an avid birder, past president of the White Mountain Audubon Society, and have been a birder almost all my life, thanks to a wonderful mother.
    I currently have a breeding box trail for Mountain and Western Bluebirds in Arizona, and in New Mexico. We have a cabin just across the border into New Mexico from Alpine, AZ. My boxes are monitored several times a year and are all on USFS property with their permission. I've been doing this for 25 years now, and just love doing it.
    Bantams rule! ha ha
     

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