Building a nest box for wild birds can be one of the most gratifying projects a person can undertake. When placed in the proper habitat, a nest box or bird house may be occupied, defended, and filled with eggs almost immediately. The best nest box are simple, without elaborate details, void of paint and embellishment. The first nest box builders and skilled construction pros were woodpeckers, making homes by excavating cavities in tree trunks. By observing woodpeckers home one can learn much about avoiding predators, preventing drainage issues, and locating a nest to minimize the effect of extreme weather. When we build a bird house we try to think like a woodpecker….more

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