Unfortunately the weather still hasn't improved and any thoughts of gardening have been dismissed due to the completely water logged conditions here. The fields to the rear of my garden have been under water many times this year but have been submerged completely for the last two weeks now!! Health wise I have been suffering with my hip and back again so in some ways the boggy conditions have probably been at the right time to allow me the rest and relaxation that I'm not usually very good at!!!
Despite being house bound my mind tends to be on the garden and of course the wildlife that I have now become so accustomed to seeing in the garden. The birds have been absent for some time as they have been going through the Autumn moult and of course the wet ground makes worming so much easier for them! For a second year the hedges are laden with berries so unless we get a real cold snap I expect numbers to be 'reserved' again! Having said this I have noticed a slight increase on the feeders so it pays to keep them topped up with fresh grub so they know that a ready supply is always available in 'Higgy's' garden!!
Thinking of the birds made me realise that now is the perfect time to be making and cleaning bird boxes. Getting clean boxes in place now gives prospective 'tenants' the opportunity to picking the right box ready for the Spring breeding season. If we do happen to get a harsh winter the boxes also serve as a warm place for birds to roost, it isn't unusual for several birds such as bluetits to sleep in the same box huddled together to reserve heat and get through an icy night or two!
So with the above in mind I've dug out my old bird box plan and thought that I'd share it on here for anyone who is interested in making their own simple bird box....
- Back Panel - 120mm wide x 250mm high
- Side Panels - 120mm wide x 250mm high at rear cut at an angle to 200mm at the front
- Front Panel - 120mm wide x 200mm high
- Floor Panel - 120mm x 120mm
- Roof Panel - 140mm x 160mm
- To make the box you will need a hammer, water based wood glue, 50mm long nails, galvanised large head roofing tacks, shed felt or preferably 1mm thick rubber pond liner, galvanised wire or hanging fixings and water based wood preserver in your choice of colour.
- Blue Tit - 25mm
- Marsh Tit - 25mm
- Great Tit - 28mm
- House Sparrow - 32mm
- Tree Sparrow - 28mm
- Coal Tit - 25mm
- Starling - 45mm
- Pied Flycatcher - 28mm
- Nuthatch - 32mm
- Redstart - 32mm