DIY





Simple Birdhouse Plan

Encourage bug-eating sparrows to your yard with this DIY birdhouse.

| October/November 2012

It seemed to me that the more the birds were hanging around my property, the fewer insects there would be. Attracting bird species that would nest in groups would be the perfect solution. Several sparrow species fit the bill: chipping sparrows, song sparrows and house sparrows.

Sparrows prefer a nesting chamber of about 125 cubic inches (5-by-5-by-5 inches) with a 1 1/2-inch diameter access hole and a perch 4 or 5 inches long. The dimensions of this house are 23 inches high by 11 1/2 inches wide and 6 3/4 inches deep.

I made a number of these high-rise sparrow “apartments” and mounted them on the exterior of my garage and close to my garden.

By midsummer there was a flock of about three dozen sparrows hanging around and roosting at night in a maple tree outside my kitchen.



As the insect population in my yard diminished, the birds began to spread out into the rest of the neighborhood.

Gerald Rowan
Coplay, Pennsylvania

Pat
5/23/2018 7:23:23 AM

I had a multi hole bird house and yes it attracted sparrows. The problem is house sparrows are very invasive and they have many babies during the summer, Then they start after the other birds destroying the eggs and nests. One summer I went around my property and destroyed over 100 sparrow eggs- I studied the bird houses and books so I knew for certain they were sparrow eggs. The houses had blue bird and tree swallow babies before the sparrow destroyed the babies. I will never use a multi hole house again as it allowed the sparrows to increase too fast.


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