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owl house!

Well, whatever else I get done this weekend, the owl house is installed.
I bought it at last year's Badger Steam&Gas festival - they have many affordable and fine birdhouses, made from scrap.
It's roughly 14 feet up, at the top of the denuded spruce trunk - I felt bad maiming/killing 3 perfectly good trees, but they were shading the garden more and more each year, and making it harder and harder for the propane guy to navigate the path to the tank.  I'll try to make the best of the destruction:  owl house on this one, the other two will be the main verticals for the Proper Compost Bins, with the removed branches forming at least the long wall.  The other limbs have made a brush pile that should house a sizeable wildlife population.  Might use my fine new power drill (Dewalt DWD110K) to drill trendy native bee homes in the trunks.

For the types of owls most likely to show up here (and use a nest box), I did not need to pre-load it with wood chips.
LIkely an owl would prefer something less exposed - if I buy another owl house, it will likely go up in one of the white pines, or the bit of woods out back.  This one overlooks the garden - so, good rodent hunting, I would think.
It's possible it might attract a flicker woodpecker - they're also cool, and seem to do fine around here without nest boxes.
Or, it could attract a squirrel.  Oh well.


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Mar. 27th, 2016 04:23 pm (UTC)
I've watched flicker vs. squirrel. The flicker won. And, clearly, owl vs.squirrel wouldn't even be a contest.
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Friending welcome, but lurking is fine too.

Constructive criticism is also welcome - whatever it is, trust me, I've heard worse.

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