March 24, 2009
Another Bird House Project
This is a new bird house (nest box, for purists) built more or less according to plans published by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Read about it there or go directly to the plans. Those plans called for 3-inch PVC pipe, and I had some 4-inch PVC lying around, so I used it. A different set of plans in fact calls for the 4-inch.
Not everyone likes the idea of using PVC, but it is pretty much bombproof.
We have several boxes scattered around the property. Generally the birds ignore them. One year some white-breasted nuthatches did raise a brood in one bird house, but then they did not return. Wrens have filled others with little twigs and then ignored them, which I gather is a typical wren thing to do.