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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A house for birds

As winter days grow longer after solstice, birds start to get ready to mate and nest. It is time to start thinking about putting up a bird house or nest shelf.

"Dozens of species of birds will use artificial nest boxes or shelves and may be enticed to set up residence in your yard," said Dan Edge, Oregon State University Extension Service wildlife specialist. Bird houses or nest shelves can be made of simple materials or purchased at local retailers. First, you need to decide what kind of birds you want to attract. Then make or buy a bird house suited for that species. Each type of bird prefers a different type of nesting habitat. For example, robins and phoebes will not nest in enclosed next boxes. They prefer a sheltered platform or shelf. Wrens, bluebirds and tree swallows are most commonly attracted to single unit, enclosed bird houses. Wrens prefer nest boxes close to shrub cover, whereas bluebirds and tree swallows choose fairly open areas with few trees and shrubs and open area beyond that, such as along a fence row.

It seems that bird houses have been with humans for many, many years. This alone is justification to believe that they shall continue to adorn lawns and tree branches for years more. However, as with all forms of evolution and simple change, even the homes of birds tend to find themselves losing here and gaining there aspects that eventually make for unique bird houses.The construction of unique bird houses entices the use of imagination or you could choose to purchase one. Check out these Unique birdhouses for sale The reasons for this imaginative construction might be a few.

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