It’s true, while some birds will build a nest anywhere, others are a bit pickier. Some birds like houses on the ground, others like to build them high in the trees. Whatever the case, if you want to build birdhouses to attract birds to your backyard, then keep reading.
Birds enjoy homes that are close to trees, protected from prevailing winds, and of course, a place with a way to get in and out of the house.
A good birdhouse will be naturally colored, wooden, have a roof that overlaps the sides, and a few holes at the bottom to let water drain.
A birdhouse opening size is important. You want to be sure the hole is big enough for the bird to enter and exit, and small enough that larger predators can not get in.
NO! Perches on birdhouses can give predatory birds an unfair advantage. Therefore a perch should not be added to your backyard birdhouse.
Chickadees like to make their homes among a group of small trees, or in a thicket.
Bluebirds like to nest in an area where there are plenty of insects to eat.
House wrens will nest nearly anywhere, including in trees, or along the side of a house.
Purple martins like homes that are high and in an “apartment style” house on a pole. This will keep them loving your home year after year.
A few great nesting items for birds are string, yarn, cotton fibers, dried grasses, twigs, fabric straps, and even human or animal hair.
At the end of the day, you can build a great birdhouse that will attract plenty of birds to your backyard. Thanks to the University of Illinois Cooperative extension for this great infographic.
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