Saturday, November 4, 2017

Handcrafted Modern Birdhouse

I call this birdhouse design the Magpie. The shape reminds me of the cartoon characters Heckle & Jeckle, the magpie birds that were always getting into trouble.

I use Western Red Cedar which is the preferred wood for birdhouses because of its natural resistance to rot and insect infestations. The roof and sides are made using reclaimed roofing tin from dismantled chicken coops and barns that once stood in the foothills of Upstate, South Carolina.

Fully functional and extremely attractive to nesting birds, the Magpie Birdhouse has all of the attributes that make my birdhouses safe, sound nesting spots.

The woven barn metal provides plenty of ventilation and allows moisture to drain which prevents mold and bacterial buildup and splitting in changing weather.

The fact that there is no perch for predators to land on assures that the hatchlings are safe and the open weave pattern allows plenty of air flow to keep young nestlings happy.

All of my birdhouses are made for common, backyard cavity-nesting songbirds. The entry hole (1-1/8”) is perfect for House Wrens, Carolina Chickadees, Nuthatches, and Wrens of all sorts as well as the tufted titmouse, black-capped chickadees, bluebirds and more.



2 comments:

Beth From SC said...

Thank you for sharing Mike's latest birdhouse design, the Magpie on your blog!

Beth From SC said...

Thank you for sharing Mike's latest birdhouse design, the Magpie on your blog!