Summer has arrived, bringing with it those feathered friends who regularly visit the bird feeders in the MadSilence backyard. Grackles, blue jays, cardinals, gold finches, house finches, sparrows, woodpeckers, orioles, black-capped chickadees, cow birds, cat birds, mockingbirds and more. Even a red-tailed hawk that swooped down on an unsuspecting mourning dove. Perhaps we should plan on installing some bird houses?
Chuck Grodski of St. James, NY, master birdhouse builder, handcrafts birdhouses, including copies of the Taj Mahal, the Episcopal church in St. James, the Smithtown Presbyterian Church, the St. James railroad station, a Georgian colonial, a Parthenon model and an Adirondack stone house, each studded with portholes and perches. Grodski is coauthor of the “Birdhouse Builder’s Manual.”
And while we may not possess Grodski’s skills, there are accessible options for constructing bird houses. Go to wikiHow to learn how to make a bird house pop up card (Robert Sabuda method):
Looking for avian inspiration? Try Chris Eckersley’s beautifully designed “byrdhouses”:
Image via Wee Birdy
Or this fabulous Hanging Bird Townhouse from Sweden:
Via Wee Birdy