Learn to build the best birdhouses

When I was about 10, I went on an Audubon trip with my mom. We were tagging along with an Audubon member while he checked the nest boxes on a mountain bluebird trail.

It was amazing. We saw countless baby bluebirds and adult bluebirds. As a extra treat, we saw baby flying squirrels that had settled into a birdhouse. (They weren’t really invited, but they were adorable.)

I recently check out a copy of Audubon’s new “Birdhouse Book: Building, Placing and Maintaining Great Homes for Great Birds.”

It caught my eye because it has a photo on the cover of a pair of bluebirds at a nest box very similar to the ones I remember.

The book is perfect for anyone who is seriously interested in attracting birds to their yards or in helping protect bird populations. It is like a dictionary for birdhouses, with detailed plans to build houses for more than 20 bird species. Different birds like different places to nest. The book talks you through the details.

The book has information on providing nest sites for both birds in boxes and birds out of boxes. Swallows, for instance, like to nest on platforms.

There are building plans for accommodate a range of birds, including songbirds, owls, ducks, woodpeckers and more.

Each birdhouse has a detailed diagrams showing you how to create the box. You only need the most basic of wood-working skills to follow the plans.

There is also detailed information on the best places to put the boxes, how to maintain them and how to protect the birds from predators and pests.

So, although the flying squirrels were adorable, if you’d rather your birdhouse attract, you know, birds, you can advice on how to make that happen.

I think the book would make a great gift for anyone who loves birds and has basic woodworking skills. Or, if you’re handy, an actual birdhouse would be an excellent gift.

The book retails for $24.99. You can get more info on it here.

More in Life

Lots to see in Upper Skagit, even if the eagles are elusive

A guided hike through a mossy old-growth forest more than makes up for a lack of raptor sightings.

Shopping cart showdown: Which stores have best food prices?

Jennifer Bardsley compares Fred Meyer, PCC, QFC, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, WinCo and Whole Foods offers.

Take a closer look: Winter gardens share gifts in subtle way

Go on a neighborhood walk this month to enjoy the seasonal beauty offered by a variety of gardens.

Lucasfilm
                                Daisy Ridley stars as Rey in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
‘The Last Jedi’ opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend of all-time

The Disney blockbuster became just the fourth film to open above $200 million domestically.

Samish Flats in Skagit County prime turf for winter birders

This spot is great for birdwatching because of the mostly flat land, marshy areas and open water.

Outdoor classes and activities in and around Snohomish County

GET OUT Christmas bird count: Volunteers are needed for the Everett-Marysville Christmas… Continue reading

Relationship do’s and don’ts: Lessons from 40 years of marriage

Paul Schoenfeld reflects on what he’s learned about relationships after four decades with his wife.

Making it through the holidays on 4 legs and 4 wheels

1. Driving safety Here are some travel tips from the Red Cross… Continue reading

The top 10 albums of 2017: From Jay-Z to St. Vincent

This year saw an upward trend in music industry revenue due to the popularity of streaming services.

Most Read