Bluebird houses are quick and easy to build and great projects for using leftover wood from the scrap pile. They can be inexpensive, depending on how complex you want the house to be. You can also get your kids involved and teach them a little about woodworking and birds at the same time. I went with a simple design that I modified to allow me to add an outdoor Wyze wireless camera to record the bluebird nest. I built the house a couple of inches taller to fit the Wyze camera inside. I also added a door to make it easy to clean out the old nest and charge the camera. Bluebirds can be picky about where they build their nest, so make sure you follow these important steps.
Tips for Attracting Bluebirds to Nest Boxes
- Bluebirds prefer to nest in open areas with low or sparse ground cover.
- Mount the house to a metal pole at least 5 feet in the air.
- Face the bluebird box away from prevailing winds (East) and towards a tree or shrub no more than 100 feet away.
Bluebird House Materials
- Wyze Wireless Outdoor Camera
- Wyze Solar Panel
- One 4-foot 1-inch x 6-inch rough cedar board
- One 10-1/2-inch 1-inch x 10-inch rough cedar board
- 2-inch finishing nails
- 1-5/8-inch galvanized deck screws
- 8 feet of 3/4-inch conduit and mount
- Power drill
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