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Blog entry by TopamaxSurvivor posted 1613 days ago 5207 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been getting ready to make some visual bird houses for my grand kids. They will have a red window in the back for viewing. They can be hung in front of the kids bedroom windows so they can watch all the action of the birdlings. Both our kids have split entry houses so the bedrooms are plenty high enough off the ground.

I am using some free cedar fencing cutoffs. They will not be finished, just natural. I am going to pre-drill some nail holes so the kids can nail them together themselves. The entry holes will be slightly different so the species will hopefully be different. I do not want one box to be vacant just because it is in a pairs territory so no others will come close.

The thought of how talented birds are popped into my mind. They use the meagerest of materials, no glue or fasteners to build nests that are strong enough to withstand the forces of nature and protect their young. We should be so resourceful! I hope the birds appreciate the efforts I’m making to make their lives a little easier :-)

When birds fall in love and are preparing to create a family, do they kiss? It would seem to be nearly impossible to line up those sharp beaks without anyone getting hurt. I have never been bird watcher, so I don’t know, do you?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence



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TJ65

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#1 posted 1613 days ago

well, me being a bit of a bird lover that I am. In my opinion they don’t actually kiss as such but preen each other. That is, in some varieties, Others share responsibility for the nest and raising the young. In some pairings they only have the enjoyment of the mating and then they go on thier individual way. So really it depends on the individual spieces.

Have fun watching what happens to your boxes, Hope they are not big enough for other creatures to invade.

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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patron

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#2 posted 1613 days ago

wow , bob ,

you sure tackle some of the hard questions !

good news on having the kids
assemble the houses .

maybe they will be able to answer this later on .

have you thought about a job ,
writing headlines for the ’ enquirer ’ ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Eagle1

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#3 posted 1613 days ago

Great idea involving the kids.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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stefang

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#4 posted 1613 days ago

“Bird O Vision” what a great idea Bob, and the fact that the grand kids will be building it with you makes it a perfect project. Please keep us informed on how it goes.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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David Craig

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#5 posted 1613 days ago

Great project Bob. You might want to throw a bird feeder out there as well. I have a couple here that are nothing but boxes with no lid and a screen on the bottom to let water run through. You get a larger collection of birds that way and they can be a real joy to watch.

Birds are interesting to watch. I just started looking at them the last couple years. I have a birdhouse that attracts Sparrows every year. I refer to them as “street walkers” because the female will build a nest inside, then walk back and forth on top of the house looking for a mate to come by. So while some look for Robins as the sign of Spring, I look for bird “hookers” :)

With some species, the male will feed the female (the bird method of wining and dining) then run like wildfire when the deed is done. The “kissing” might be just the male putting seeds in the female’s mouth. Doves will share the responsibility of the nest, but they don’t seem to put much thought in where they lay the eggs. I had one make a pseudo nest out of a hanging flower basket on my front porch. The male and female will take turns sitting on the eggs and swap out every 12 hours. You would think it was the same bird sitting on that thing 24/7 but it isn’t.

I hope you and the grandkids enjoy and please be sure to keep us updated on the happenings in the house.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 1613 days ago

Thanks for the comments, interesting. It wasn’t my idea. I got it here on LJ. I thought it was in my favorites, but I didn’t see it. Sorry, I don’t know who to credit for the red acrylic back.

Good idea to put out some bird feed to attract them to the houses. My wife feeds birds, but not enough to make them dependent as she says.

We have had them nest in our hanging baskets right by the front door. They don’t seem to mind us peeking in on them.

I have been told by a professional writer that I have a way with words that most professional writers don’t have and that I should write books. I know I don’t have a good book in me, just a lot of short stories and comments.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 1613 days ago

Speaking of the Enquirer, I always look at the headlines looking for a laugh in the grocery store checkout line. One I never seem to forget is the 3 armed man pictured pitching a baseball and the 3 breasted woman have a 3 legged baby :-)) :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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patron

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#8 posted 1613 days ago

thats what i’m talkin’ about , bob .

some deep thinking ,
while we wait
at the checkout counter !

who is sleeping with who ,
in hollywood is getting old .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Alexander

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#9 posted 1613 days ago

One year we had a humming bird build it’s next on some electrical wire poking out of the deck ceiling box that I had not installed a fixture yet. The next was located right out side the back door of the mud room and it did not seam to bother the bird to walk in and out the house. We could stand in the mud room and look out the the window or door and watch the progress. Soon you could see two twigs moving about the top of the next. Now note this next is only about the size of a tennis ball cut in half.

As we watched day by day the beaks got longer and longer. I could not hold back and one day when it was just the babies in the next I got the stool out to look inside. The babies were not much bigger than my thumb and the beaks were about 2” long.

Soon the babbies were gone and the nest vacant. We left the next there for two years in hope the mother would come back but maybe they don’t next in the same place twice. I took the next down in hopes that another would be built but it was not to happen.

-- John at Sugarloft Mountain........Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#10 posted 1613 days ago

Pretty cool ideas, I own a parakeet, and I can say yes they do kiss. Especially if you have a male and female. They do it all the time, it’s like part of the social life. I don’t know about any wild birds kissing but tame ones do.

The red acrylic. does that act like a blind? Is it the birds can’t see you through it? You have me very intruiged. So these mount on the window? or hang from above?

Either way….wicked cool

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 1613 days ago

I have read that the red allows you to see in and the birds can’t see through it. I discussed that a bit on here with someone. Can’t remember who. I did a little bit of Googling too.

Hope to get this done this week and have them hanging next weekend. Spring is springing here in Water World, aka, Western WA. The birds will be nested if I don’t hurry ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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