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Subject: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: Beer
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 03:23 PM

And if so, do you make them or buy them? How many have you erected? I just put up the last for this year. I added 8 from my previous number. I now have 57. I only have two which were purchased for me, the rest are mostly of wood but I do have a few which I had fun with. There are my lunch pail ones, my hard hat and skate. Also a tin watering jug. Any strange or innovated ones you like to share?
Beer (adrien)


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: gnu
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 03:42 PM

Love to see some pics, bud!


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: GUEST, topsie
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 03:49 PM

I've put up two nesting boxes and one of those straw nest baskets.
Apart from nicking the nesting material I put in them and flying off with it to line their real nests, the birds totally ignore my offerings.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: Ebbie
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 03:50 PM

57! Wow. My brother in Oregon has a few in his back yard, to which I have added a couple, but I doubt he has imagined anything that grand. I too would love to see pictures of yours.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: gnu
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 03:51 PM

Beer... do you put up anything fer skeeters since you are next to the water? Purle Martin houses or Bat Boxes?


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: Beer
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 04:07 PM

Going to do a little fishing. Just seen one jump. Will get back later to your questions and possible pics.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: gnu
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 04:09 PM

Jump? Well then, there's flies!


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: Bill D
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 04:10 PM

I put up a wren house. The wrens prefer either the old dish drainer, or the old Gerbil carrier stacked under the kitchen window.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: gnu
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 04:26 PM

For the king of birds, Check this out.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: Sorcha
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 04:38 PM

Here, they sell them made of an old cowboy boot and a tented vehicle liscense plate for a roof. No, I don't put them up. The cats would just kill the birds.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: Ebbie
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 04:57 PM

Juneau's situation is kind of turvy-topsy- the powers-that-be are happy to have us put up bird feeders, baths and houses along about March and again about October. In between those dates they advise us to remove them entirely. Because of bears. There are stories about bears displaying cognition, insight and remarkable agility.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: Bill D
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 05:10 PM

We have raccoons who mess about, but the wrens are tougher.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: frogprince
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 07:12 PM

Haven't put up houses. But a few years back some robins got determined to build between the wall lamp outside our door and the wall. We really didn't want it against the siding, and they kept trying. My wife asked if I could think of an alternaltive. We have a deep porch roof, covering the route from the front door to the side door of our attached garage. Someone before us had stuck a big old screw in the garage wall under said roof. I made a bracket from an old metal strap and attached a flower pot. They went for it, and we had a couple of crops of potted robins and a couple of crops of potted doves. I took that down when I repainted the house. Might put it up again. Picture at the top of this page


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: gnu
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 08:00 PM

Froggy... cool!


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: robomatic
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 08:56 PM

I love all birds, but there's a place in my heart for the little birds that stay with us for the Winter. Red polls, chickadees. I need to do more.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 09:00 PM

Yes, I put up a few birdhouses, but I have had very limited success.

I do this at our cabin on a lake in Wisconsin. Our land is partly wooded, and there is (are?) more woods beyond our property line. The cabin was built by my wife's grandfather starting in the 1930s.

We own two very old birdhouses that he also built, one very elaborate, one very simple. I think they are designed for wrens. No birds have ever built in them, that I know of. (But mice did once, when the birdhouse was stored in the garage over winter.)

I also own a "Peterson" bluebird house that a relative gave me, similar in design to the one pictured here. It was up for several years, but I think it was only used by swallows once.

I also own a wood-duck house (sort of like this one) that I bought last summer at a yard sale. I plan to put it up this year. I hope it's not already too late.

Someday I'd like to get, or build, a bat house and a purple martin house. I hear they eat mosquitoes.

Once I noticed a swallow flitting around the eave of our garage as if looking for a nesting spot. I took a little piece of plywood and nailed it to the bottom of the emerging end of a rafter, creating a little shelf under the eave. Sure enough, swallows built there, not that year but the next. Since swallows like to nest in colonies, I suppose I should put up several more shelves like it. (These are barn swallows, I think.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: Beer
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 09:25 PM

Well I'm back and didn't do any fishing. Just started to when my son walked over (lives in the house next to me) with a plumbing problem.
Gnu,the fish that jumped was more of just a roll. Looked that maybe it was a Muskie. Not sure. Might do an early morning check. Love fish for breakfast.

Use to have for a number of years Martin houses but have given up. Even though there is a river (The Chateauguay River) behind me. I think that the aerial spraying on the farmers fields cuts down the insect population. Bat houses I have (see pictures). When we got rid of the old outside shutters we also destroyed spots where the bats were nesting so i put up a few houses.
Bill D, I was blessed with a House Wren that showed up about 3 years ago. He was the busiest little fellow that kept mmy wife and I entertained all that spring. He filled up just about every house I had with twigs. Then his love came along and chose the nesting site she wanted. I then went around emptying all the other houses so other nesting birds could come and move in.
Great picture Frog P. Reminds me of the summer we raised some wild Mallards. From the Egg to the departure in the fall. It was one of the best summers I had. If I get energetic enough I may try and show a few pictures.
Anyway,here are a few of the houses I have put up for our fine feathered friends.
Adrien

http://picasaweb.google.com/adrien.doucette5/BirdHouses?authkey=Gv1sRgCNu4qdyAvK78Xg&feat=directlink


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: Jeri
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 09:26 PM

Beer's house and garden are a fantasy, although the gardens are more fantasy than the house. They have to be the most beautiful, whimsical wonders I've ever walked through, and the birdhouses are a big part of that. Fireman's hat, old boot, and I can't remember what else.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: Jeri
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 09:35 PM

Ah - it's an ice skate, not a boot.
I thought about putting some up this year, but the truth is, I think they have lots of places to nest. I'd still like to try some birdhouses, but I'm running out of time.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: Beer
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 09:45 PM

Thanks Jeri for those nice comments. Hope you'll make it again this summer.
It is not to late to put up houses. I would keep doing it till say the end of May. Many birds nest more than once and even if you are late it also gives them shelter for the coming winter or inclement weather.
Ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: Beer
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 10:46 PM

Jim, swallows are great flycatchers as well. So if you don't get Martins swallows are a great replacement. it can take up to 5 years to attract martins and then they may not come. Apparently to attract bats, it can also take a few years.
Ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: frogprince
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 10:55 PM

Want a few bats? Several people have mentioned noticing some in my belfrey. If we make it over to Apple Hollow, maybe I can spare you a few...


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 25 Apr 09 - 04:48 AM

I have many birdhouses...all handcrafted.

My current favorites are shoes - nailed horizonal to the trees. They love them. It began when I lost one clog and used the remaining one. I then decided to clean the closet.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

This week chasing crows away - they ravaged an oriole's nest.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: gnu
Date: 25 Apr 09 - 05:27 AM

Beer... the skate is cool... all nice... but the hardhat/lunch pail/shovel handle is EXCELLENT!


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: Beer
Date: 25 Apr 09 - 07:29 AM

Gargoyle, I love your shoe idea and I think the robins will as well. I guess I'll put a few more up. FrogP. if you can come up bring the bats with you. They are as good if not better than martins in eating flying insects. I must remember to get the ladder out today and straighten that Bat House that is lopsided from the winter winds.
Thanks Gnu
ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: gnu
Date: 28 Jul 10 - 03:28 PM

I need more ideas for making birdhouses for sale. It's gonna be my retirement plan.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 28 Jul 10 - 04:57 PM

Just don't paint them.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: gnu
Date: 23 Aug 11 - 08:30 AM

maeve sent me this one.

I LOVE IT!


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 23 Aug 11 - 09:04 AM

We put up 3 bat houses last year but I don't think anything has used them. We have tried bird houses in the past but there is only one that I know was used. That's also the only one that I know is still up. It was put up by my brother as an owl box. Never known an owl go there but pigeons have...

Maybe there are enough places they prefer here anyway? It the field, there are a couple of old buildings, old trees covered with ivy, patches overgrown with brambles, etc. I notice a lot of blackbirds going to and from this area for example.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 23 Aug 11 - 09:08 AM

Never known an owl go there but pigeons have...

Apparently squirrels have used it too..


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: Beer
Date: 23 Aug 11 - 09:55 AM

With a beautiful picture like that Jon you must have bats. As I said earlier, it can take a number of years to attract them.
ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: GUEST,999
Date: 23 Aug 11 - 10:12 AM

Moved to a new place, and the bird feed the owners put out has so far attracted two cardinals, two mourning doves, sparrows, blue jays (when a second jay shows up ALL the birds scatter), sguirrels and two chipmunks.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 23 Aug 11 - 10:16 AM

I haven't seen any this year Beer but perhaps I just haven't been around much at the right time. I'll give another picture to put things in perspective. Other years I have been sitting out at dusk on the bench to the left (in the part we rent and use as the veg garden) and bats have come from the area in the distance (where the 1st picture is). The occasional pippistrelle has come very close to investigate me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: GUEST,999
Date: 23 Aug 11 - 10:26 AM

Love those birds.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: Donuel
Date: 24 Aug 11 - 01:56 AM

I made one that had an Escher design of interlocking song birds.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 24 Aug 11 - 04:55 AM

I haven't put up bird houses due to living in locations where there really weren't suitable conditions for attracting anything, but they've always been an interesting subject.

My grandfather had a fairly fancy wren apartment, and insisted that wren houses need to be 7 to 10 feet above the ground, preferably on a metal pole, and at least 8 feet or more from the nearest tree or other thing that the squirrels (and perhaps cats?) can jump from, as they can destroy the nests - or at least the birds feel threatened.

He admitted that he had painted the house when it was new, but regretted it, as he claimed that the wrens refused to have anything to do with it until it weathered enough for the paint to peel. His, like most successful wren condos I've seen, had a dozen or so nest spaces, on the theory that wrens like "communal nesting" and of course no "pegs" at the entry holes. Others have claimed that the peg encourages other birds that need the pegs to invade, and the wrens don't need one as they can "hit the hole" with their "precision approaches." The presence/absence of the landing pegs, and a difference in hole size, apparently can determine whether you have wren apartments or a martin condo.

The wrens had occupied the house for at least a couple of decades, but left one year when he wasn't able to get the house cleaned out during the off season, and although only one season passed without offering them a clean place, they hadn't come back during the next three or four years so he quit trying to maintain it. (By the time he abandoned it he was almost as old as I am, and I can attest that getting up on ladders is less pleasant than for youngsters of only 50 or 60 years.)

One fellow I discussed bird houses with some years ago had made a practice of hanging his bird houses on the limbs of trees in his pecan grove, and complained that the birds ignored the houses but often built a nest on the branch near where it hung. His theory (unconfirmed) was that the birds liked the extra stability the weight of the house gave to the branches, but liked the fresh air and outdoor view better than living inside.

I have had the suspicion that he was using the auger he had, and hadn't considered the hole size preferences of the birds that were being attracted. (His holes were noticeably larger than I've seen in successful houses that his kinds of birds seemed willing to occupy.) Some "experts" have claimed that some species are very fussy about having a fairly precise hole size, although many kinds don't seem particularly fussy about it and others just like a wide open "cave".

Recent "instructions" that I read while considering whether I had a place to put a bat box indicated that it's extremely rare for a box to be occupied the first year, and unlikely the second. Apparently the bats are concerned that the neighborhood is "stable" before they'll move in, but it could have something to do with sufficient weathering to get rid of "that new smell" left by those who put it up. Others have recommended using "old wood" for bat boxes if it's available(?).

John


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 24 Aug 11 - 05:34 AM

The local conservation group, of which I am Chair, has put up 20 bird boxes, for smaller birds, on our local nature reserve (South Manchester, UK). we've also put up 2 owl boxes and about 20 bat boxes. They've been up for less than a year and there's little sign that any of them have been used yet.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 24 Aug 11 - 07:15 AM

My dad does. He put up a ready made for the smaller birds and also made a larger one which seems to be mostly occupied by wood pigeons and doves. He fills a bird bath too when the weather gets really hot it is a wonderful sight to see the small birds splashing around in the water.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do You Put Up Birdhouses?
From: maeve
Date: 24 Aug 11 - 07:23 AM

Bluebirds, black capped chickadees, wrens, tree swallows, flickers, and robins at the very least, use our bird houses. Many others use the hollow trees we leave for them. It's worth it to have several houses for each species, so one can try slight orientation and height tweaks from year to year.


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