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TitleAudubon Birdhouse Book Building, Placing, and Maintaining Great Homes for Great Birds
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Table of Contents
                            Cover
Title
Dedication
CONTENTS
FOREWORD: WOODPECKERS: THE ORIGINAL BIRDHOUSE BUILDERS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
CHAPTER 1: MANY BIRDS NEED A HELPING HAND
CHAPTER 2: BUILD HOMES TO BENEFIT BIRDS
CHAPTER 3: BIRDS IN BOXES
	Wrens (Bewick’s, Carolina, House)
	Warblers (Prothonotary)
	Bluebirds (Eastern, Western, Mountain)
	Flycatchers (Ash-throated, Great Crested)
	Swallows (Tree, Violet-green)
	Titmice (Tufted, Oak, Juniper, Black-crested)
	Owls (Barred)
	Owls (Eastern Screech, Western Screech)
	Flickers (Northern)
	Owls (Barn)
	Kestrels (American)
	Chickadees (Black-capped, Carolina, Mountain)
	Ducks (Wood Duck)
	Mergansers (Hooded)
	Swallows (Purple Martin)
CHAPTER 4: BIRDS OUTSIDE OF BOXES
	Doves (Mourning)
	Swallows (Barn)
	Robins (American)
	Finches (House)
	Phoebes (Eastern, Say’s)
	Owls (Burrowing)
	Loons (Common)
	Swifts (Chimney)
	Herons (Great Blue)
	Ospreys
CHAPTER 5: HOW TO HELP THE BIRDS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
	A
	B
	C
	D
	E
	F
	G
	H
	I
	J
	K
	L
	M
	N
	O
	P
	R
	S
	T
	U
	V
	W
	X
	Y
	Z
ABOUT THE TEAM
                        
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DeDicationS

To my husband, Adam,
thank you for your
kindness and patience,
as well as tech support,
nonstop cheering on, and
happinesses. Let’s put up
more nest boxes together.
—Margaret A. Barker

Thanks to my husband,
Steve, and daughter,
Liliana Pearl, for adding
sweetness to my life that
soars higher than the birds.
Your wondrous presence
makes my Ithaca-based
nest box cavity complete.
—Elissa Wolfson

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t h e b u i l d

BoWer FliCker Box
desIgned By allen Bower

The four corner pieces are cut from the two side scraps. see drawing. Carefully cut these
pieces at a 45 degree angle, using a table saw. Trim each of the four corner pieces to 21”.

To create the 3¼” tall by 2½” wide oval
entry hole, mark the oval with pencil lines,
then align a drill bit at the top mark and
drill the first hole. next, align the bit with
the bottom mark and drill the second hole.

Chisel out leftover wood between holes to
create the oval. sand the entry hole smooth.

BeHInd tHe desIgn

Allen Bower’s nickname—Flickerman—is well earned. In

1990, the Michigan native saw flickers nesting in a hol-

low limb of his backyard box elder tree. Curious about

the nest site, Bower climbed nearly twenty feet up to it

and started measuring. The entry hole was well worn,

about two and a half inches wide and three and a quar-

ter inches high. The cavity was eighteen inches deep.

From these findings Bower made a flicker nest box,

which hatched eight young the first year. Uniquely, his

design calls for small cuts or kerfs all around the inside

of the box—“just like those made by birds chiseling out

a tree cavity.” Flickers have returned to his nest boxes

nearly every spring. “If the birds are happy,” says Bower,

“they’ll come back.” Bower published his research on

flicker egg-dumping in Wilson Bulletin (March 2004).

He is a lifelong member of several bluebird organiza-

tions and received a North American Bluebird Society

Conservation Award in 2003.

MaTerials
• One 2”x10”x10’ piece of

pine (used here) or Douglas
fir (actual size is 1½”
thick x 9½”)

• Twenty-four 2½” exterior
deck screws

• White pine animal bedding
(wood shavings)

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First published in 2013 by Voyageur Press, an imprint of MBI Publishing Company,
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401 USA

© 2013 Voyageur Press

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ISBN: 978-0-7603-4220-6

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Barker, Margaret A.
Audubon birdhouse book : building, placing, and maintaining great homes for great
birds / by Margaret A. Barker and Elissa Wolfson.
pages cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-0-7603-4220-6 (softcover)
1. Birdhouses--Design and construction. 2. Bird attracting--United States. I.
Wolfson, Elissa. II. Title.
QL676.5.B257 2013
728’.927--dc23
2013018947

Editor: Elizabeth Noll
Design Manager: James Kegley
Layout: Diana Boger
Design: Karl Laun

Front matter photos (in order from frontispiece): male Prothonotary Warbler, Mark Musselman;
male Eastern Bluebird, David Kinneer; one-day-old Wood Duck chick, Roger Strand,
courtesy of the Wood Duck Society; American Kestrel nest box, Richard M. Tuttle;
Ash-throated Flycatcher, Steve Simmons; Loon chick and parent, Derrick Z. Jackson;
male Pileated Woodpecker male and chick, Ruhikanta Meetei; Eastern Bluebird male
and fledgling, David Kinneer
Front cover photo: David Kinneer
Back cover photos (top to bottom): male Mountain Bluebird, Myrna Pearman, courtesy of
Ellis Bird Farm, Alberta, Canada; male Hooded Merganser, Ashok Khosla; female American
Kestrel, Paul Spurling, courtesy of the Peregrine Fund/Americana Kestrel Partnership

Range maps provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Printed in China

Digital edition: 978-1-6278-8083-1

Softcover edition: 978-0-7603-4220-6

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