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Old 04-28-2012, 11:26 PM   #1
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Help with Birdhouses!

My mother loves birdhouses and I would like to get her one for her birthday but have no idea what kind to get.

I have googled some but still would rather know if anyone here likes a certain type.

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Old 04-28-2012, 11:37 PM   #2
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They kinda depend on what birds she has or wants to attract.
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:39 PM   #3
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She has never said she doesn't want to attract a specific kind. So really any that somewhere here enjoys should be fine. As for what type of birds she has.. I'm not quite the bird watcher so not sure!
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:47 PM   #4
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We have wrens in ours. I've built some out of barn board. A varnished gourd makes a nice bird house too. Bluebirds like unfinished wooden houses.

My grandparents had a "martin hotel" on top of a big pole. We don't get martins out here in the sticks, but if she lives in town, they are great for eating mosquitoes.

Check out your local garden centers, they might have something unique, and can give you advice on what kinds of birds the houses will attract.
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:48 PM   #5
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What part of the country does she live in, Merlot?
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:33 AM   #6
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She lives in Southern WV and I spoke to her this morning, she was talking about finches, cardinals, bluebirds and her favorite "a rose breasted grosbeak." She is having problems with the squirrels so I guess I need to find a squirrel proof one. I guess I'll venture out to Lowes and see what they have.
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Squirrelproof is probably only necessary in bird feeders. The openings in most birdhouses are too small for squirrels.
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She lives in Southern WV and I spoke to her this morning, she was talking about finches, cardinals, bluebirds and her favorite "a rose breasted grosbeak." She is having problems with the squirrels so I guess I need to find a squirrel proof one. I guess I'll venture out to Lowes and see what they have.
Birdhouses are often specific to your area and the birds you can find there. I know I wouldn't be looking for birdhouses for the crows that hang out around here.
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Check this out:http://www.birding.com/whichbirds.asp

Just a thought, hummingbird feeders come in all sorts of pretty styles. One of those might be a fun gift, along with some nectar mix.
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Squirrelproof is probably only necessary in bird feeders. The openings in most birdhouses are too small for squirrels.

I'm such a ding dong I originally meant to put birdfeeders.. why I put house.. who knows.

thanks for the info everyone, I may get her both
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