A bit of aviation history - a copy of the tetrahedon that sat in the center of old airports indicating the direction of the wind hence the "duty" runway for incoming, itinerant pilots. Engineered to rotate into the wind when it exceeds 10 kts.
Swallows have been returning on or close to tsx day (15 April) every spring for 20 years chasing away sparrows and other competing tenants before moving in.
The beauty of the design puts the entrance in the lee of the storms, tenants remain warm and dry regardless of the strength or direction of the wind.
This is the life saving station on Sandy hook,N.J.
This is a barn that has 3 rooms for birds
This is the hunterdon county courthouse in Flemington N.J. (famous for the Lindberg kidnaping trial)
I live in New Jersey on the coast. After the storm there were piles of driftwood everywhere.I collected a lot of usable pieces and started building birdhouses.Spring weather was not very nice so I kept busy making houses out of the driftwood that I collected.
Here is birdhouse inspired from my husbands work shop bench.
It is full of all kinds of items the manly man has on his work bench, sand paper, bolts, nuts, even a bottle cap.
I added a copper roof and a copper awning to give it a more manly feel. There are two screw eyes on the top so hanging is a breeze.
This house is fit for most of the wren sized birds and is fully functional.
I love making these kinds of house for the birds it adds eye appeal to my yard and gives the neighbors something to talk about, but most important it gives our fine feathered friends a place to raise their young.
Sprayed with two coats of non-toxic water proof urethane and has two screws in the bottom for that all so necessary clean up.
It was my holiday, not the birds. And I already know this is more of a people house than a bird house ...... or to put it another way 'more of a conversation piece, for people..
I cut down a cider bush (leaving the trunk) and built this gathering of bird houses using brown treated lumber (cutting it down to a smaller width ... so fresh cut wood faces inside the box) using 1 1/2 holes for the bird openings.
I already know birds of this size don't like to be this close together ... and likely my wood type is a bad choice. So hence .. I call it a people house.
Feel free to tell me all the things I did wrong ... if my project end result was to attract birds ... and not just look interesting.
I build a bird house for 6 chickadee’s which sits on a metal bracket on the side of my shed. The back comes off for cleaning. It stands about 5’ with a weathervane and a bird I carved that sit on top. I enjoy every minute building it.
I had a vision in my head and I just went with it. Of course my vision turned out to be bigger then I could have every imagined. It took me about 9 fun months to complete in my spare time.
This is a Bluebird house (standard NABS design) built of a single 1"x6"x6' pine board. It has cross-ventilation, drainage and a side-open door for monitoring, cleaning, etc. ALL of my homes are built to "spec" and are "healthy" - I detest "cutesy" birdhouses that are deathtraps.
I have always used a predator guard for my houses but have found that the HOSP will still invade the house and kill the occupants. After researching, I have found that the HOSP do not like the extension that is made of a 3" length of PVC.
In order to use the PVC tube, a regular 1" hole is drilled then the PVC is overlaid to inscribe a larger hole in which to insert and glue it. The larger hole is then sawed using a scrollsaw. In order to add an artistic embellishment, the regular guard is sawed and painted to emulate a Hopi Kachina
I come home one day and one of my neighbors threw out this little solid oak night stand. As I sat there and looked at it I thought to myself that would make a nice owl / wood duck / squirrel House. So so I took it to the Woodshop and got to work...
I added some solid oak flooring scraps that I had leftover from a side job and filled in the front ...drilled a hole in it and a hole on the inside going into the drawer area ...I used a scrap piece of cable tray cover for the roof and reinforced all the boards with galvanized screws.
Then I use some old house paint and caulk to seal out the outside and gave it a quick camo paint job.
We decided to mount it on top of a black locust tree that have been snapped in a storm about twenty feet off the ground ...this was not easy because after all is said and done it weighed approximately 60 pounds it took three of us to get it up there.