Parade Of Homes

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Morning sun glints off the chickadee box.

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One of my favorite nest boxes is this wren “condo” I bought on etsy. So far a total of zero birds have nested in it.  Harumph.

If you were to call me a bird nerd I would beam with pride.  I have nest boxes tacked up all over the farm.  Here’s the proof:

 

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This little wren house was used last spring to raise one brood and has been used as a perch ever since. I love having wrens nest on the porch because I swear it keeps the wasp population down.

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Another vacant wren house. (C’mon!  Some bird put all those twigs in there.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And where do the wrens nest since they aren’t in the expensive boxes I provided for them?

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In the tool shed…

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…and in an empty cavity feeder that is stored inside the barn…

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…and of course in this fern on the front porch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have had better luck with other boxes.

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Another etsy find, this box is stained a gorgeous pale blue and has a copper roof. I adore that offset entrance hole. This spring a pair of chickadees raised a brood in this box. Squee!

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This is my first-ever Peterson style bluebird house and it is located in the middle of the back yard. I installed this box in February and a nesting pair moved in within weeks. They are raising their second brood now.

 

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An old old nest box perched atop the fence in the pony pen.

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Rejects.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology sets the standard in citizen science programs involving wild birds.  Be sure to check out nestwatch.org where you will be welcomed into a huge family of bird nerds.

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2 thoughts on “Parade Of Homes

  1. These are AWESOME, Kirsten! My husband and I went on a 25 mile bike ride this morning, and we rode by a farm with what I THINK are bluebird boxes all along the fence perimeter. Hmmm . . . I might be inspired to put up a smattering of my own. LOVE your photos!!

    • 25 miles?!! ohmygosh you’re awesome! Bluebird boxes do really well on fence posts; the fencing gives the bluebirds a perch for hunting and also gives the nestlings a place to perch when they fledge. I am putting up two more Peterson boxes next February (I got mine on etsy, hint hint).

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