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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 04-28-2020 02:46 AM 700 views 0 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Chopped up a pallet the other day, and at about the same time had a couple house finches trying to build a nest on top of the roll-up shade on our veranda. I went looking, and the boards from the pallet were just about the same width as those called for in the house finch house so I figured that was a sign. I slapped this house together today with glue and screws, plus a spare hinge I found in a bag of assorted hardware that I unpacked, and a piece of electrical wire left over from the construction of my shop.

Not very fancy, but I’ll try to get it mounted on a pole and get the pole planted in the yard tomorrow, and maybe the birds will have a new home.

Update: here are pictures looking at it out our living room and dining room windows. Those are the two rooms we spend the most time in, so if we do get birdie tenants, we’ll be able to keep an eye on them.

Hopefully I can find a piece of flashing to put on the post before mice terrorize the birds. But given that birds already are moving in, I guess I’ll worry about that next year.

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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#1 posted 04-28-2020 02:53 AM

Any house finch would be crazy not to move in right away. :-)

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 04-28-2020 02:56 AM

Especially with me chasing them away from their preferred nesting location on top of that shade a couple times a day. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 04-28-2020 03:03 AM

A friend of mine puts action figures on top of all of the lamps shades on his patio to discourage nesting birds. It actually works. Your next project may need to be some hand carved action figures to guard your lampshades!

Oh, and don’t forget to carve a welcome sign on the bird house.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 04-28-2020 03:07 AM

I should make one for my magpies!

It would have to be bigger I guess

70 birds on the link but no magpies listed for Nth America, I will keep looking.!

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 04-28-2020 03:10 AM

Ooh! Welcome sign I like. And maybe action figures for next year.

Back in MN my sweetie had a robin that wanted to nest on top of one of her lights. And some predator that ate the robin’s eggs as soon as they were laid. We ended up putting an orange cone on top of the light, so there was no spot to build a nest.

Thanks, Rob. We’ve crows and ravens here, but no magpies.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 04-28-2020 03:47 AM

Welcome sign or not, I think they will move right in. hahaha love the cabinet hinge.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 04-28-2020 04:05 AM

The Finches appreciate ya Dave.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 04-28-2020 10:51 AM

Good looking and most likely functional in a finches eye but I’m betting none of them will appreciate the hold down clasp (electrical wire) nearly as much as I do
Good job Dave

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#9 posted 04-28-2020 12:23 PM

Not bad at all. Birds don’t care how fancy or simple they are, they just want a place to live.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#10 posted 04-28-2020 12:28 PM

Thanks, guys. I probably should’ve had it done a week or so ago. I suspect they’ve built a nest somewhere else, since they stopped trying to build on our patio on the weekend, but I’ll head out to the yard with the post-hole digger today anyhow.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 04-28-2020 02:15 PM

Instead of action figures or cones, maybe a gargoyle!

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#12 posted 04-28-2020 02:26 PM

I like this house you made with pallet wood and the birdies will love it also GR8 idea with the hinge i never see nthat before i will defiantly. use this on my next birdy house GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#13 posted 04-28-2020 02:33 PM

Some pallets are chemically treated and may not be the best material.

That being said, very nice work. Nothing like the sounds of songbirds to brighten your day.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#14 posted 04-28-2020 03:03 PM

Nice work Dave! Those have been on my list for years, We’ve kinda turned into a bird sanctuary here down south, plenty of finches and those ever so noisy English sparrows. Almost 100 lbs of sugar a year to feed the crazy humming birds (bumming herds)

Wait until you get “hit up” by the pinion jays, they’ll be rapping on your windows!

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#15 posted 04-28-2020 04:02 PM

Thanks, Nathan, Tony, Mark and Splint. I added pictures looking out the window at it. As you can see in the third photo, we’ve got a hummingbird feeder too. Just one little hummer who hits it about sunset every day so far, but it’s still early in the season for the hummers, I’m told.

Nathan, I like the gargoyle idea. But I also like the idea of a G.I.Joe or Darth Vader. Good thing we’ve got three sconces on lights on our patio.

Mark, I thought about the pallet being treated. Figured it was better to use treated wood than not to have a birdhouse at all.

Tony, I used piano hinges on the lid when I made birdhouses as a kid. I know I’ve got a couple of those somewhere, but this cabinet hinge was in one of the boxes I’ve unpacked, so it got used.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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