Birdhouses As Art
If you ask a gardener to name one essential piece of garden art, birdhouses are usually at the top of the list. I’ve started a gallery of favourite birdhouses (see it here), featuring every shape and style from stone to rustic to modern.
It’s a badge of honour when you start a garden and realize, after some time has passed, that your efforts actually attract more birds. Connected to that, I think of birdhouses as a symbol of a thriving garden.
It’s important to understand the difference between nesting boxes and birdhouses. Nesting boxes are carefully designed to be safe and healthy, with dimensions appropriate to the species of bird one wishes to attract, and panels that open to allow seasonal cleaning of the box. Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a good resource for this information.
Birdhouses should be considered decorative. I actually block off the openings on mine so that birds and wasps will not nest inside. While it might work out okay for the birds, often the designs don’t allow the tiny birds to climb out when they’re ready, or, perches are present which actually enable predators to gain entry.
So keep them safe and enjoy them for the art that they are. Come pick your favourite in the Birdhouse Idea Gallery. Enjoy!
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