Pine Birdfeeder (lol)

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Project by kolwdwrkr posted 03-16-2009 07:13 PM 1717 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a pine birdhouse I made a few weeks back. It was a little chili this morning so there was dew on it. The seeds tend to stick to the dew. I have to say the birds are sloppy little fellers. I wanted to wait to take pics until it was in use. It took 3 days before the birds started using it after I put it up there. I didn’t have any material for a post so I stuck it up on my old gazebo bars. The roof blew off of it and into the neighbors yard in ‘07 ripping the canvas top. So there it sits with no roof or walls. I’m to lazy to take it down. The birdhouse is just setting up there for now. The first good gust of wind from the santa anas will bring her down so I will probably screw it to the oak bars it’s sitting on. I’m practicing taking pictures with my girlfriends canon A590IS. These aren’t to bad but not good enough. I had a hard time getting close enough and actually had to stand still for about 30 minutes. Zooming past 4x starts to blur. The close up of the birds was 13x though. I like the pic where the bird is flying. I wish it was more clear. All in all I’m glad I built this little house. Seeing the birds enjoying it brings me joy. Now they need to go inside it. Haven’t seen that yet. The perch goes all the way through so they can sit on it inside too. The pegs on the side remove so the house can be removed from the base to clean the inside. The walls are put together with 1 large dovetail on each corner and 1 1/2” 18 guage brads. This project was a quick build, not one I was making perfect. I am worried about how long the finish will last. I used waterbased stains and then Varathanes outdoor finish. As always all criticism is welcome positive or negative.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#1 posted 03-16-2009 07:58 PM

I’m not sure but the hole looks a little large for the Finch in the picture. Also, have you ever seen a house with the perch on the inside. It might keep them from building a nest inside. Just wondering about these things. I don’t know about the finish.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#2 posted 03-16-2009 07:59 PM

It looks sturdy enough and you even have prospective tenants.
I don’t think that the birds care about the finish, that is more up to the owner to keep up the appearances of the neighbourhood.
The only comment about the house is one that applies to all birdhouses and that is to provide for adequate ventilation to prevent overheating. I guess drainage for any rain that gets in would be a good idea as well.
I don’t think that I have ever seen a birdhouse with 2 doors.

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#3 posted 03-16-2009 08:07 PM

Very nice,

Are those Red polls?

I used to know my birds.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 03-16-2009 08:08 PM

Looks like it’s nice and sturdy and the birds have given it their seal of approval. I don’t know if they’ll nest in it with the perch going all the way through and with the second opening.

If you’re thinking about more birdhouses, this site,, gives recommended dimensions and hole sizes for different birds. If the hole is too large birds will sometimes avoid nesting there and predators can get in and get the babies.

Good job on giving the birds food and shelter! Our property is a Backyard Wildlife Habitat—plenty of food sources, both seed and natural, shelter, birdhouses and natural, and water.

-- John, co-owner Sawdust 'n Stitches

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#5 posted 03-16-2009 08:18 PM

Thanks for the comments. I never really thought about researching the ins and outs about building birdhouses. I seriously threw this thing together. Didn’t know birds cared about how big the hole is, if there are two holes, etc. I felt there was plenty of space around the pirch on the inside for them to maneuver around but maybe I’m wrong. Oh well, they like it and I’m not a bird house maker so we all win. Will I make another? I doubt it.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#6 posted 03-16-2009 08:28 PM

When I hang a birdhouse at our cabin.

No matter what size the hole is, the squirrels oversize it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 03-16-2009 08:45 PM

Well I think it is a pretty little home, but am in agreement about the perch all the way through. Ya know another thing I have heard (and now do) is not put a perch at all. I understand the birds prefer it that way. Now I am not saying the birds “told me that!” just what I have read. And yea I know all about the Santa Ana’s! Except for the fire danger of course, I always loved the Santa Ana’s, I know kinda weird. LOL!!!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#8 posted 03-16-2009 09:24 PM

Yes there is more to a bird house than just a hole in a box. If you’re putting them up as quirky designs it doesn’t matter much. But you may be putting up a future wasp nest or starling box. Well it will be a bird. Placement, opening size, inside dimensions, distance of hole from top to bottom, perch or no perch, shape of hole, ventilation, cleaning ability, just off the top of my head.. If you want to think about the birds comfort and safety.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 03-16-2009 11:58 PM

Nice birdhouse!

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#10 posted 03-17-2009 04:18 AM

The birds appear to be Purple Finches, male and female.

I have read that the perch on the outside provides a place for the larger birds to hang on to and pull the babies out for food. depending on which birds you want to feed determines if you put the perch on or not.

I do like the bird house, after age forty yellow became on of my favorite colors.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#11 posted 03-17-2009 04:26 AM

i love the color!!! and the shot with the bird flying out is a great score (photo wise) must have been patient…I dont know how this compares to other birdhouses but 3 days seems really quick for tenants to move in…nice job…

I think Mtnwild is right…be careful on putting up a place that could be unsafe (predator wise)...but if they dont nest in it…that could be better—-a vacation home…they just come get the food but dont move in…a TImeshare…

looks cool!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 03-17-2009 04:41 AM

Very attractive houses Keith.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 03-17-2009 04:41 AM

Nice House

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#14 posted 03-17-2009 04:49 AM

That’s right, Purple Finches.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 03-17-2009 02:55 PM

I like your birdhouse nice color.But I have to agree with the others.The hole is too big for smaller birds.You could try a 1 1/4” hole to attract the small ones.The perch going through it could cause a problem for the babies in the beginning.Also a concern is that it is a feeder too.That will attract all birds including predators to it.Having two holes can also make it hard for the parents to fight predators off.Sorry If I sound critical.I am only stating my opinion because I love birds.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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