Audubon Birdhouse Book: Building, Placing, and Maintaining Great Homes for Great Birds
A visit to almost any home or garden center presents birders with numerous cute and colorful contraptions that are sold as bird homes. But the fact is, many of these products provide anything but a safe refuge for your feathered friends. Produced in association with the National Audubon Society, Audubon Birdhouse Book explains how to build and place functional DIY bird homes that are safe and appropriate for more than 20 classic North American species, from wrens to raptors. Each of the easy-to-build boxes and shelves within is accompanied by cut lists, specially created line diagrams, and step-by-step photography, making the projects accessible to those with even the most rudimentary woodworking skills. In addition, this practical and beautifully presented guide is packed with color photography and information about the bird species covered--including titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, phoebes, swallows, waterfowl, and even kestrels and owls--to help the reader properly place and maintain the homes to attract birds. And because these projects are the product of years of experience and field-testing, you can be sure you're getting the best advice regarding proper design, safe construction materials, and correct home placement to mitigate exposure to elements, pests, and predators. Finally, beyond the birdhouses, you'll find out how you can contribute to the larger birding community and even enhance your birding experience with the aid of new technologies.
From the Back Cover Birders know that you need the right house to attract the right bird--and we're not talking trim color. An entrance hole that's 1/8 inch too big or too small spells trouble, as does a roof that leaks or a floor that doesn't drain. With the Audubon Birdhouse Book you can build safe, species-appropriate houses for your favorite birds. Follow step-by-step photos and detailed instructions to create the right nest box, plus learn how and where to mount it to increase the chances that newlyweds will move in and raise a family. Want bluebirds nesting nearby? They'll be delighted to take up residence in a leakproof, pestproof, easy-to-build Xbox nest box--the very latest in birdhouse design. The profiles, photos, and range maps in the bluebird section will tell you if you've got Eastern, Western, or Mountain Bluebirds in your region, how many eggs to expect, how long before the youngsters leave the nest, and other useful facts. Armed with the Audubon Birdhouse Book, you can build a simple wire basket for a mourning dove, a large wooden box for a barn owl, a multibranched gourd rack for the sociable purple martin, or any one of a dozen other nest boxes for popular birds. Build an Audubon-approved dream home for these species: Bewick's, Carolina, or House Wren * Prothonotary Warbler * Ash-throated or Great Crested Flycatcher * Tree swallow or Violet-green swallow * Juniper, Oak, Black-crested, or Tufted Titmouse * Barred Owl * Eastern or Western Screech-owl * Barn Owl * Northern Flicker * American Kestrel * Black-capped, Carolina, or Mountain Chickadee * Wood Duck * Hooded Merganser * Purple Martin * Mourning Dove * Barn Swallow * American Robin * House Finch * Eastern or Say's Phoebe