Building a Birdhouse for the House Sparrow
Building a birdhouse for House Sparrows is one of the easiest, simplest, yet really fun things to do. As House Sparrows are quite abundant and will nest in many places, all you need are simple materials and even simpler designs. Being small birds, House Sparrows need small birdhouses as well.
Anyone who is remotely into bird watching activities would have heard about many stories about House Sparrows taking over many birdhouses. This is actually true and House Sparrows have even been categorized under the classification “invasive” species.
You can settle for a birdhouse with a floor area of about 4 inches by 4 inches. The height can be anywhere from 9 to 12 inches. The simplest birdhouse that you can construct can have these dimensions and a single compartment. Make sure that you have a hinged roof to keep the rain out. The hinges on the roof will help you gain easy access to the inside of the birdhouse if ever you need to do some cleaning. There should be an access hole as well. This can be around 32 mm in diameter – that’s around 1.2 inches. You can play around with this figure and reach up to about 2 inches, or 50 mm. For a birdhouse with a height of 9 to 12 inches, the hole should be placed somewhere along the 6th or 7th inch from the floor.
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