Date: 9/15/20 10:38 am
From: Daniel Mason <millipede1977...>
Subject: Re: Bird Nest Box Options
Any thoughts on pallet wood? There are places giving those away all the

On Tue, Sep 15, 2020, 11:39 AM Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> wrote:

> *Bird Nest Box Options*
> *Jerry Wayne Davis*
> *September 11, 2020*
> My post provided some insight into the housing shortage for cavity nesting
> birds along with construction measurements, hole sizes and placement
> locations. Some expressed a desire to put up nest boxes but could not
> afford them. In addition to leaving your snags and hollow trees, consider:
> One 6 foot by 5 ½ inch by 5/8 inch cedar or treated fencing will make a
> bluebird, chickadee or titmouse box. This costs about $3.15. The tools
> needed are a saw, 1 ½ inch drill bit to drill the hole and some nails or
> screws and a screwdriver or hammer.
> Some materials can be obtained at home and building construction sites
> with scrap wood they will have to haul off. Sawmills have pieces of lumber
> that they may have to deal with and may give you material. Check the
> material throw a way garbage lumber stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot. They
> like to sell their lumber but they have scraps some may give you.
> It take trees about 100 years to get big and old enough for cavities. It
> takes fungi about 30 years to rot the center of a tree and then it may take
> more years for the hollow center to be accessed by broken limbs or
> woodpeckers. When you cut down a snag or hollow tree you have destroyed
> what it too natural forces over 100 years to make. Recycling centers have
> woody debris from trees. If you see a hollow cut section you can acquire
> this for a couple of options. You can put boards on each hollow end and in
> one end cut the size hole needed for the species you are managing for, or
> you can close up both ends and drill or cut the appropriate size access
> hole through the outer trunk shell. I often see perfect hollow pieces of
> wood in people’s wood piles that would be good for nest boxes.
> If you have a hollow tree you can drill or cut a hole to access the inner
> hollow. Large access holes are needed for owls and wood ducks but if you
> have a smaller species in mind, put a wooden plate over the cutout with the
> plate having the size hole needed.
> You can also provide nesting inserts like we do for the Red-cockaded
> woodpecker recovery. Take a wooden block the right size and softer wood
> like cedar is easier to work, hollow out the center, place a cap to cover
> the hole drilled from the top and drill a hole from the side to connect
> with the hollow center. Cut a section out of the tree trunk, insert the
> nest box and fill around the edges with wood putty. Examples of woodpecker
> insert construction can be found on-line.
> Plant Birdhouse gourds in your garden or flower beds. There are do it
> yourself options and with a little time and effort you can have nest boxes
> out for winter roosting and Spring nesting season. Don’t just limit your
> efforts to birds but provide for mammals, reptiles, amphibians and
> invertebrates. Squirrels that nests in cavities will have three out of four
> young survive but if they nest in leaf nests only one out of four will
> survive. Bats, tree frogs, broad-headed skinks and others also need help.

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