Use the Proper Equipment: You can't build a good, safe bird house if you don't use the right tools for the construction. Be sure you have the proper drill bits, screwdrivers, hammers, saws and other tools for building bird houses on hand, and that those tools are in good working order. Reread instructional manuals if needed, and always practice proper safety when using different tools. If you are unfamiliar with the necessary tools, you might consider a beginning woodworking or wood shop class instead – building a bird house is often a class project you can select. This will allow you to build your first bird house with expert guidance to be sure you are building it correctly and using tools properly. Along with the tools you use, you also want to have the appropriate materials for the house. Most bird house plans will suggest the best material, or you can opt for slightly different materials you may already have on hand. Recycled or upcycled materials are great for building bird houses, such as using parts of old fences, barns or other older, well_seasoned wood that birds will appreciate.
Snags provide ideal feeding sites for woodpeckers as many insects live and reproduce in decaying wood. Many snags are covered with small holes made by foraging woodpeckers. Though woodpeckers have powerful bills and neck muscles, they are only able to excavate nests in trees with soft decaying centers. Thus, dead or dying trees are preferred excavation sites. Unlike most other cavity_nesting birds, woodpeckers rarely use birdhouses. 22