As winter continues its cycle into spring, it is time to skip ahead and begin considering making preparations for the warm months ahead. In particular, now is the time to start building a bird nesting box so that when the spring does arrive, your local birds have a nice new home. The birds will be looking for a place to nest through the summer months and will be ready to hang out in your yard. By putting the box out in advance, any human-related smells (such as the smell of the varnish) will have merged nicely into the more expected aroma of nature by the time the birds come knocking on the door.
This short guide provides step-by-step instructions for building a nest box that is sure to attract lovely spring birds as the warm weather returns. Included are:
Once you have cut the seven wall pieces to shape, cut out the back wall unit. This piece, as seen in the diagram (left), has straight sides up to a height of 6" and then angles up to a point at a 45 degree slope. Note that near the apex of this slope, the wood is mitered to a 45 degree angle to allow the roofing tiles to lie flat.
- Type of wood to use
- Tools needed
- Dimensions and measurements
- Making the walls
- Making the roof tiles
- Piecing the nest box together
Literally everything you need to know to begin building a bird nest box, you'll find in this booklet. Start attracting some beauties to your yard today!