Birds nest in the spring, it's true. But now's the time to put their potential homes on the market. We found birdhouses to suit your surroundings, in styles from rustic to refined
You've feathered your nest. Why not help your friends on the fly to do the same? A fall and winter spent outdoors will rid these man-made manses of paint and varnish odors—and, while they weather, they'll provide a welcome resting place for migrating species. Most nesting boxes, as they're also known, are a good fit for small backyard birds, including wrens, nuthatches, chickadees, swallows, and martins. Best of all, they're available in a variety of house styles, from a cozy log cabin to a detailed Victorian. Here, 11 of our favorites.
Size: 12W x 12D x 11H
Made of: Cedar and plywood
Features: Two-tiered wraparound porch provides a roomy perch for birds looking for food. Two nesting nooks attract social species, such as swallows, that like to cohabit.
About $131; Natures Harmony, LLC
Size: 12W x 6D x 12H
Made of: Barn wood
Features: Natural colors provide protection from predators by blending into the landscape. Rough-textured wood lets nesters get a good grip when climbing
in and out.
About $62; GardenArtisans.com
Size: 10W x 6D x 12H
Made of: Cypress, pine, and copper
Features: Small size makes it easy to mount; copper ridgeline flashing keeps squirrels from chewing through the roof.
About $46; Yard Envy
Size: 8W x 9D x 9H
Made of: Pine and plywood
Features: Truss detail in front prevents large, aggressive birds from disturbing
the nest. A strip of metal mesh inside helps fledglings reach the exit.
About $70; The Backyard Bird Company
Size: 8W x 6D x 12H
Made of: Barn wood and metal
Features: Thick beadboard reinforces the entry against gnawing critters; corrugated metal roofing keeps out egg-thieving raccoons.
About $25; All Barn Wood
Size: 11W x 4D x 10H
Made of: Barn wood
Features: Natural wood and multiple entry holes resemble nesting sites found in tree trunks. Three separate cavities make it ideal for purple martins, which like
to live in groups but sleep alone.
About $19; All Barn Wood
Size: 18W x 10D x 17H
Made of: Rough-cut pine
Features: Earth-toned facade helps the house blend into the environment;
the grapevine wreath can be used to get a nest going.
About $65; Bacon Square Farm