On the subject of bird boxes

Last year two men decided to build a bird box – and not just any old bird box, a complete terrace, built to exact specifications. The bird box was then fixed high on a wall, and the wait began.

It was a long wait, with no sign of honeymooners. The only witness who could offer any hope was the human resident of the room on the other side of the wall, who said early morning bird chat had been a summer constant by his window.

But other than that, nothing. Not even a feather. And no confirmed sightings of comings and goings.

This year, almost exactly a year later, the decision was taken to move the bird box due to apparent lack of occupation. Location, location, location – that had to be the problem. Perhaps it was too high. Possibly too hot. Possibly not good enough. So the box was taken down, and the lid taken off to check.

And there they were! Beautiful, boutique appartments, fluffed up and fancy. All but one had been occupied, and box number four still had a clutch of tiny, abandoned eggs in the corner.

So the spaces were cleaned out, the lid was screwed back down, and back the box went. A little lower on the wall, and a little closer to north … and the wait has begun again.

A few top tips for any aspirational bird box builders out there, especially if aiming at the discerning end of the blue tit market: keep the boxes facing north or east, and don’t interfere with them after February. Also, if you have any labrador fluff, or old sheepskin, lying around, they’ll thank you for it, if you leave it outside for them to find.

This link has some plans, and includes the information that unhatched eggs can only legally be removed from October to January.

Copyright Georgie Knaggs & The Phraser 2023

4 thoughts on “On the subject of bird boxes

    • Hi Sonia – wishing you the best for 2023. May it go well! Am still writing, but realising the long pauses are excellent at revealing the flaws in what has been written 🙂 Hope your writing going well. Thanks for looking in.


      • There has been a long pause in my writing – am currently caring for elderly parents in Nott’m who were in hospital in September. Have moved here and helped them celebrate their 70th anniversary. It has taken some time to get into the rhythm – and at times feel overwhelmed, but am still doing one or two ‘free writing’ sessions a week with Anna and hoping to return to my novel soon. Wishing everything good for 2023. Love S

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      • That sounds like such a shift of gears for you. No wonder there has been the pause in your writing. I hope that you find a new rhythm, and the time to come back to your book. So pleased to hear you are still managing to do some writing with Anna – may all those books some day be born! Love to you both and happy writing Georgie


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