|Project by Joe||posted 04-01-2013 11:36 PM||1385 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
We have recently moved and found that our back lawn has been quite overridden with voles. To try to eliminate some of the problem, I built this Screech Owl box in hopes that a tenant might move in for a free vole buffet.
Simple design that you can find almost anywhere online. I made some modifications to this plan. Made out of 1 piece of 1×10x8 rough pine, so the whole thing only cost a couple of bucks. The sides are glued and screwed, but the top is only screwed down in case I need to access it. The bottom is hinged with two 5/16” dowels to make emptying a nest easy…or kick out a squirrel who might move in. It is secured with one screw.
I cut the “hinge” side of the bottom on a 45 so it can open without binding, which you can kinda see in picture 4.
I glued and screwed the extension on the hole with some leftover pieces to try to deter any raccoons who might come by to visit any owlets.
A simple project that you can finish in a couple of hours, and no need to sand it because they appreciate the inside a bit rough. My kind of project!!
Considerations if you plan on building one? I’ve read that I should have ran a few shallow kerfs on the inside of the box to make climbing in and out easier for owlets. Would try it next time.
-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.