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Project by T. D. Reid posted 816 days ago 1224 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay, after 6 years in this house I admitted defeat to a family of English sparrows that have occupied one of my rain gutters on the house every year that I lived here. If you can’t beat them join them. So I searched the internet and the only place I could find plans was a site out of England. WARNING for those of you scared of the metric system! LOL
http://www.beautifulbritain.co.uk/htm/wildlife_gardening/sparrow_terrace.htm
The plans are called sparrow terrace and it holds three nesting pairs. I added hinges to the lid and hooks on the sides so that I can clean in in the fall. Tenants’ rarely leave a place like they found it. I used some plywood cut offs that I had in the shop and then glued and nailed it together. I slapped on a coat of primer and then three coats of textured spray paint. Turned out to be great plans and it only took a couple of hours to finish. I will hang it tonight after dinner along with a sign that say free room and board. I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I did building it. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd





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SCOTSMAN

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#1 posted 816 days ago

Great looking birdhouses will the mdf stand up to the rain ok. ? Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Woodenwizard

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#2 posted 816 days ago

Great looking project, FUN

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 816 days ago

We had the same problem

English Immigrants :) LoL

Midges soon scare them off in Scotland.

Great project

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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LesB

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#4 posted 816 days ago

Nice triplex. It would also work for other hole nesting birds like swallows and wrens; especially if you keep the entrance hole small enough to exclude the English Sparrows.
I’m sure you are aware they are an “invasive” species and quite destructive, particularly around farms. They actually raid other birds nests and out compete native birds for food. I won’t go on but around my place I try to deter them from hanging around and destroy their nests when I find them. There are too many to eliminate them entirely.

-- Les B, Oregon

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T. D. Reid

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#5 posted 816 days ago

Alistar,
I’m sorry its made out of (five layer) 1/2” plywood not MDF.

Jamie,
I’ve become a big softy in my old age. I used to shot them with an air rifle and now I have read a few books on the Buddha and no longer have the heart to harm another creature. They were brought to the US in the 1800’s by immigrants who kept them as pets and their population exploded. We used to have problems with them taking over the bird boxes used by Eastern Blue birds but I guess that enough people have given them alternate sources to nest that it’s no longer a problem.
I was reading last night an article which was laughing at wood workers making birdhouse with all of our expensive equipment. What is a man to do but, fill a necessity when you have one by whatever means possible. Sometimes it’s with an expensive wood shop. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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T. D. Reid

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#6 posted 816 days ago

Les,
I fully understand and do know they are invasive birds. It’s just reinforcement that people should not introduce new species into non-native habitats.
I am trying to make the best of a bad situation. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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Gshepherd

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#7 posted 816 days ago

Throw some shingles,paint, add a feeder and bird bath and you will be the talk of bird town….. I know what you mean, shooting sparows used to be fun but now I can’t do it….. People on the other hand well I am working on that…....;-)

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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woodshaver

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#8 posted 816 days ago

I love the idea of helping the birds. But only the ones native to our country!
You might be interested in reading this info on Sialia.org. http://www.sialis.org/hosphistory.htm
This is the site I use when making a bird house for a particular species. This is a great site for everything about the birds. But you might not like what she says about English House Sparrows! They are very destructive little birdies! I had a robins nest in a tree and some English house sparrows that were living in a bird house on the other side of the house. The sparrows killed all the baby Robins and toss them out of their nest. Then a year later they killed a nest of baby Blue birds in our yard. I could see all this from my bedroom window. Seeing this made my wife and I a bit upset. So now I won’t let any English House Sparrow take any of my bird houses. So far we have only had Blue birds in the past few years.
Hope this helps!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Col Baker

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#9 posted 816 days ago

Metric System !!!! Only way to fly my friend. I am an Aussie and best thing that ever happened changing over to metric.

Nice sparrow house. I like the compartments.

-- Col B.

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