March 22, 2009 in Outdoors
Rich Landers photo

A 3/4-inch block bored with the proper-size entrance hole can be fixed to the front of a bird nest box to make a deeper entry that helps deter predators.

Rich Landers photo

U-clamps are a simple and inexpensive method of fastening nest boxes to predator-resistant metal poles.

Rich Landers photo

Alan McCoy shows his easy-to-clean swallow nesting box design. This model has the entrance hole in the bottom to help discourage house sparrows. See his construction tips, page C10.

Associated Press file photo

This nest box attracted the bug-patrolling benefits of a house wren family, plus the cheerful song the adults provided. Associated Press file