Building a Better Bird House. Even the best bird house plans or easiest projects can often be adjusted to be even more bird_friendly. A good bird house will be a prime nesting spot for years, and new bird families will raise many generations of baby birds in a safe, sturdy, attractive house. To make a bird house more bird_friendly. Include ventilation holes to reduce heat and keep nestlings comfortable; Add drainage holes to remove waste and water and help with ventilation, Use a deep roof overhang or countersunk hole to keep rain out of the house, Choose only natural building materials. Untreated hardwood is best, Do not paint or varnish the house interior(which could be toxic), Choose natural exterior colors that blend with the surroundings for camouflage, Avoid houses with perches that make it easier for predators to reach nestlings, Include a hinged roof or side door that can be opened for seasonal cleaning. By understanding the key elements of a bird_friendly nesting spot before you build a bird house, you can be sure the house you create is safe, comfortable and attractive to birds. With a good house, you can enjoy generations of bird families nesting nearby and reap the rewards of being a responsible bird landlord.
Although both species have been found in Alaska, only Starlings have become established, as yet. Starling nests have been recorded in central and southeastern Alaska, and the species is regularly observed in southcoastal and western Alaska. Starlings and House Sparrows will use nest boxes with entrance holes larger than 1ƽ inches in diameter. Keep a careful watch on your waterfowl, owl, woodpecker, and bluebird nest boxes to be sure that Starlings and House Sparrows do not invade them. (Please report any observation of Starlings or House Sparrows to Alaska Wildlife Observations, c/o University of Alaska Museum, 907 Yukon Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99701).