Fun to Make & Fun to Watch… Birdhouses

The winter blues are soon behind you and before you know it, spring will be in the air. It’s time to get ready to enjoy the outdoors. What

Little boy with his binoculars looking at birds, while a bird perches on the hair of his little head.

Who is Watching Who?

better time to build a birdhouse or two or more and bird feeders with your woodworking talents that keep you active and happy in your own backyard.

Have some wood, a drill, nails and birdseed ready to attract your fine-feathered friends to their new hangout. Make your birdhouse from wood, with some bark attached to it if you find some for a disguise, and avoid using metals that can become too hot for birds at certain times under the sun.

The size of the birdhouse is your choosing, but should be at least four-by-four inches for the birds to fit inside. Give the house a depth of eight inches or more. The front can be about six to eight inches with an entrance way at least 1  1/4  inches in diameter.

Decorative white birdhouse with a bright blue roof has a robin on a roost at the door.

Decorative Blue & White Birdhouse

Avoid rain getting into the birdhouse by building a pitched roof so water rolls off the roof, which should be about three inches past the front wall. Hinge the roof so you can open it and put birdseed inside. Drill a hole in the front wall for the door before attaching walls to the birdhouse. The 1 ¼-inch hole can be wider, depending on what kind of birds you want in the new residence.

A birdhouse should be at least 10 inches above ground and away from

An illustration of a page from a set of Bird Feeder Plans

Bird Feeder Plans

natural predators. Keep the birdhouse partially blocked from the sun to avoid the heat on hot days.

Place bird feeders high enough to avoid curious cats. Bird feeders make good family entertainment if placed in a location visible to everyone.

Use a saw, screws and a screwdriver or a hammer and nails to make a bird feeder. Your local home improvement store has the best wood for your project. The feeder includes a back piece the height of the feeder and two equally sized sections for the base of the tray and the top cover. Make the tray with one strip of wood the width of the feeder and two that are the width of the tray base to form the sides of the tray. Attach the top and base of the feeder to the back piece to form a U shape. Connect one strip of wood to the front of the base and another strip to each side in a square or rectangular design. You can hang the bird feeder to a tree or post with a hook and chain.

Once hung, you are then ready to begin bird watching in your own backyard!

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