If you have been looking for an easy way to invite birds into your yard, Build-It-Yourself Birdhouses by Chris Peterson is the book you will want to start with. This book is an easy to understand guide for building over 25 birdhouses and feeders, even if you are a beginner or want-to-be builder. In addition to actual plans for how to make these creations, this book also spends time talking about the benefits of adding birdhouses to your yard as well as how to landscape for birds.
The visual power of birdhouses and feeders
Adding a birdhouse or feeder that you have created can decorate your yard in so many ways. You can add a splash of color for attraction. You choose the design touches that you want to add – and they can be for the benefit of the birds or for visual appeal of your yard. And of course you are inviting birds to live in your yard (adding more color and the joy of watching the power of flight), and helping the environment by providing safe nesting sites.
As you enhance your yard by inviting birds to live in your neighborhood, this book also helps you to consider landscaping for birds. Bushes and shrubs provide protection for birds. Trees become their homes. Even flowers, blooming vines and ornamental grasses provide food and shelter options. The importance of a clean water source is also highlighted in this book.
Birdhouse Construction Basics
Even if you have never built a project on your own, have no fear because this book takes you though all the materials and steps that you will need to finish your project. You will learn about; tools, wood choices, building in ventilation, the importance of drainage, entry holes for various sized birds, and much more.
Once you understand how easy the basics are, you can start dreaming and planning for your first house. Here are some of the options that this book guides you though;
- Classic Bluebird house
- Bat cave (yes, there are even more than bird house options!)
- Chickadee slat house
- Nuthatch Wedge
- Wren Cottage
- Flycatcher cinder block Motel
- Tufted Titmouse log cabin
- A Robins flower pot
- Porch Swing bin feeder
- Scarecrow suet feeder
So think about the birds that you would like to see more of in your yard and pick up your copy of Build-It-Yourself Birdhouses to make it a reality. Happy Birding and enriching your home.
Disclosure: Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – Cool Springs Press for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.