Wednesday, December 31, 2014

How to make a morning dove nest basket from the Audubon Birdhouse Book

Are you a fan of birds? I am and I actually have mourning doves regularly nest in my yard. I actually call them my "squeakie doves". They kind of squeak. I never thought of helping them out in their nest building as they seem to like above my motion sensor lights which they build over every couple of years and a few times in an empty vase on a high shelf in my back yard. But here is a tutorial from the book Audubon Birdhouse Book: Building, Placing, and Maintaining Great Homes for Great Birds on how to build a wire mesh nesting basket if you would like to give them some help in your yard.



Click on these pages from Audubon Birdhouse Book: Building, Placing, and Maintaining Great Homes for Great Birds to enlarge and read the step-by-step tutorial on how to make a mourning dove nesting basket.

More about the Voyager Press book:


Audubon Birdhouse Book:

Building, Placing, and Maintaining Great Homes for Great Birds


A visit to almost any home or garden center presents birders with numerous cute and colorful contraptions that are sold as bird homes. But the fact is, many of these products provide anything but a safe refuge for your feathered friends.

Produced in association with the National Audubon Society, Audubon Birdhouse Book explains how to build and place functional DIY bird homes that are safe and appropriate for more than 20 classic North American species, from wrens to raptors. Each of the easy-to-build boxes and shelves within is accompanied by cut lists, specially created line diagrams, and step-by-step photography, making the projects accessible to those with even the most rudimentary woodworking skills. In addition, this practical and beautifully presented guide is packed with color photography and information about the bird species covered—including titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, phoebes, swallows, waterfowl, and even kestrels and owls—to help the reader properly place and maintain the homes to attract birds. And because these projects are the product of years of experience and field-testing, you can be sure you’re getting the best advice regarding proper design, safe construction materials, and correct home placement to mitigate exposure to elements, pests, and predators. Finally, beyond the birdhouses, you’ll find out how you can contribute to the larger birding community and even enhance your birding experience with the aid of new technologies.

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