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Old 02-08-2011, 08:00 AM   #1
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I have opened a new housing unit for feathered friends, using the information at this site: How to Build a Sparrow Hawk or Screech Owl House | MDC

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Old 02-08-2011, 02:29 PM   #2
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Nesting occurs from mid-March to mid-May,
Looks like you are right on time.... How large of an opening do they need?
I didn't catch that in the article...Keep us posted.
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Old 02-08-2011, 03:27 PM   #3
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Looks like you are right on time.... How large of an opening do they need?
I didn't catch that in the article...Keep us posted.
The opening is supposed to be three inches. Seems pretty small when cut out, but I suppose the bird inside those feathers is not very big.
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:21 PM   #4
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Thanks Benj1
Hope they find your box. Have you seen the owls in your area?
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Have you seen the owls in your area?
My wife, who instigated this project after watching a news story on TV, claims that "we" heard one at some point. We have great horned owls - unseen but heard. I figure something will make use of the house eventually.
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The link included the screech owl vocals... Pretty loud little critters!
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I was given a screech owl house for Christmas, and have just been looking my trees over to figure out where to put it up. Have any of you had experience with these in the past to give me advice more than what came with it ("don't have it face north, owls don't like cold winter winds; have it near enough to your house so you can enjoy watching your owls but more than 20 feet away so they don't get scared; ten feet up or higher; preferably facing into a relatively open area") That describes dozens of my trees (I have hundreds of trees, afterall). I don't know how to choose other than arbitrarily.

Its hole is much larger than 3 inches; it is more like a square cut out of the front of the box. When it isn't so late, I'll post a photo. It said that the hole is too big for other cavity nesting birds, but if a squirrel or other non-avian creature (wasps were mentioned....), just put up another owl house in the interests of being friendly to all wildlife (so they can sell more owl houses, too). I have a strong suspicion mine is going to end up a squirrel house.
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:07 AM   #8
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Have any of you had experience with these in the past to give me advice more than what came with it
For me, this is a first, but the instructions in my link are somewhat different, so you might look at that. Being able to see the box entrance from the house was one of my criteria. I used a dead tree, as suggested in my instructions, but it may be too dead -- a good blow from the south will likely bring it down. It is near a tree which already has a squirrel's leaf-nest in it, so it wouldn't surprise me to see them take up residence.
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