I Need a Bigger Birdhouse

by candy47

I really didn't expect any birds to be drawn to such a tiny birdhouse, but it's been quite popular. But it looks like I need a bigger birdhouse.

I bought a birdhouse kit that is actually a project for children, but my idea was my friend and I would assemble the birdhouses while chit-chatting over coffee. So that's exactly what we did. A couple of cups of coffee one morning and we each assembled and painted a birdhouse. They are very small, the one shown in the picture is 5” x 5”. I get a variety of birds in my yard all the time so I placed this tiny birdhouse in a tree expecting the smaller birds to be attracted to it. House finches are common to this area and they're small. Then one day I saw a cactus wren in the birdhouse....It's time to get a bigger birdhouse!

bird photos by Candy Dorsey except those provided by Amazon

The Little Birdhouse

The picture on the left is of a male House Finch, sometimes there are two of them feeding in there.  The picture on the right is a male Cactus Wren (state bird of Arizona), I don't know how he got in or how he got out.  The bird seed is in the tray that the birds are perched on.

Notice how the house is not tilted with the finch, but with the wren it's tipping.

House Finch at the Feeder
House Finch at the Feeder
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Cactus Wren at the Feeder
Cactus Wren at the Feeder
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This is the kit I bought for my friend and I to assemble while chit-chatting over coffee. It has a birdhouse and wind chime!

It's actually a child's craft
Made By Me Bird House With Wind Chime

A Bigger Birdhouse

I think instead of attempting to build a bigger birdhouse I'll just buy a couple of bird feeders that will accommodate large birds.  It might even attract different species that I haven't seen yet.

My Other Bird and Animal Articles

Complete with pictures

Birds of the Desert   Take a look at the birds that I see every day, I took all these pictures of birds in my backyard.  The quail make me laugh because they chase each other around in circles...like the Keystone Cops.  The Great Horned Owls are nocturnal and somewhat covert, so I was lucky to catch these photos, especially during the daytime.  Turns out they like posing for the camera.

Joshua Tree Ostrich Ranch  Yes we have an ostrich ranch right here in our little town.  I visited the ranch and got some good pictures.  If you're ever in the neighborhood, stop in for a tour.  The directions are in the article.

Animals in the Yard  I never know what kind of animal is going to leisurely stroll past the house or run at high speed hopping and jumping and knocking things over in their path.  Hopefully I can get pictures...that's the main thing!

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Updated: 07/06/2016, candy47
 
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candy47 on 07/05/2016

Thanks Susan! I get flickers here too, I can just imagine one of them hanging off the side of a hummingbird feeder.

Susan on 07/05/2016

Your pictures remind me of the flickers (rather large woodpeckers) who feed from our hummingbird feeders. They're way too big, but they hang off the side and have figured out how to get to the nectar! Birds are pretty crafty characters. Speaking of crafty, I love your bird feeder with wind chime craft kit. How fun!

candy47 on 12/24/2015

So true MBC!

MBC on 12/24/2015

Too funny - where there is a will there is a way!

candy47 on 11/12/2015

I know tealmermaid! I don't know how he got in there, or out!

tealmermaid on 11/12/2015

Definitely time for a bigger birdhouse!

candy47 on 10/12/2015

You are right on all counts mihgasper!

mihgasper on 10/12/2015

Maybe you need a whole housing complex - for bigger and smaller birds. Don't forget the rocking chair for you to enjoy watching and listening at the music events!

candy47 on 09/18/2015

Yes DerdriuMarriner, and busy hands don't reach for the donuts!

DerdriuMarriner on 09/18/2015

candy47, It's always fun to be able to cross off garden and home projects over a delicious cup of coffee or tea in good company!


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