While helping a friend clean out her house before a move, she wanted to get rid of all these birdhouses.
Frequent visitors to this blog know I love the birds. In fact there's a wren nesting in the greenhouse, hopefully I'll be able to get some pictures once she lays her eggs.
I've always wanted to fill my three acres of woods with birdhouses, but have never found the time to start building them. I've been given a few over the years and maintain them yearly.
The most important thing to do is clean them out before the start of the next season. I do it in late winter when there's not much to do in the garden.
Many of these nest boxes were filled to the brim with nesting material. Each one has a different way to open and I had to modify a few so they can be cleaned when needed.
The wood on most of them is old and dry, a fresh coat of paint will be applied soon, and then my daughter wants to add her "artistic touches" to the birdhouses.
One reason we want to help the birds is that they eat lots of bugs, are fun to watch and sitting in the forest they sing all summer long.