Self-Cleaning Bird Nest Box

We celebrate the start of Spring by cleaning the previous season’s nest(s) from our bird boxes, so this “improved” design caught our eye on a walk around the neighborhood:

Self-cleaning bird nest box

Self-cleaning bird nest box

Birds being the way they are, the most recent occupants surely piled more twigs & grass atop their foundation to make the level come out right. An industrious mouse might find a convenient route inside.


  1. #1 by rkward on 2016-02-14 - 09:26

    That’s one slow extrusion being formed there with lots of interesting layers. My only guess on the “improved” design had to be a kit that was assembled backwards, specifically the sides and roof line. Still, I’m sure the birds won’t complain.

    • #2 by Ed on 2016-02-14 - 09:47

      Only the most expensive (human) houses around here have reversed rooflines and blind notches that funnel water down the interior walls … must be a stylin’ thing!

  2. #3 by Red County Pete on 2016-02-14 - 12:15

    The Resident Woodpecker family set up shop in the 5′ juniper stump that was our garden gate post. It was fun hearing the chick(s?) hatch, and the young one would stick his head up and peer at me when I went in and out of the garden. (He’s still around, chowing down on suet this time of year…)

    Once they were done with the nest, the smell got pretty intense, and the punky wood wouldn’t let me hose out the hole. The cleanup operation involved a chainsaw and a new steel gatepost..

    • #4 by Ed on 2016-02-14 - 12:26

      a chainsaw and a new steel gatepost

      Sounds like urban renewal at its worst!

      • #5 by Red County Pete on 2016-02-14 - 16:49

        The juniper gatepost was ready to come down anyway, and the woodpeckers took advantage of the way that wood decays. It was actually a reclaimed steel fencepost, but it was a bit better than a Redneck Renovation. [grin]

        Not much In-county urban renewal since ’07. Stuff done in ’05 had mixed success, but there are a lot of open storefronts and a couple of empty office complexes. The survivors have been cautious and fairly smart, while chains that planned expansion stopped. We still have the pad where Sonic Drive-in didn’t build, but Lowes bailed before submitting final plans. OTOH, Dairy Queen and Home Depot thrive.