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Bird House in Stoneware--"Tree Hugger" Design for Titmice

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I've dreamed up a new bird house design, hand built in rugged stoneware clay, and fired to cone 10. It is intended to mimic a natural tree, carved and furrowed on the exterior like real tree bark, and glazed in the subdued colors of the forest. The roof is pointed and conical in shape, and is a separate, removable piece which allows access for cleaning. The interior of both the roof and the house itself are of unglazed, natural stoneware clay.

The design of this house allows it to be mounted easily on a tree trunk. Simply drive a nail, or twist a screw into the trunk of the tree, and the house will hang against the tree trunk from a slotted hole in the back (see photos). The back of the house is curved, and this allows it to conform snugly to the contours of a medium sized tree. There are drainage holes in the bottom so that water may drain out, and grooves scratched into the interior to allow the babies to cling and climb out of the box. Safe for year round, freeze/thaw, outdoor use.

Dimensions:

Overall interior height is about 12 3/4" in the back, and slopes down to about 7 1/2" in the front.
The width inside averages about 4" and a bit wider at the back
The hole height, from bottom to center of hole is about 6"
The hole diameter is about 1 7/16"

All of these dimensions are within published recommendations for titmouse houses.

Tufted Titmice are common backyard birds throughout the eastern half of the United States. This house should also be suitable for the western species of Titmice that are found in California and the southwest. I should also point out that if titmice do not move in, chickadees or wrens might also find a home in this house.

It is best to hang the house in winter, before the breeding season begins. This will give the birds a chance to get accustomed to it before the breeding season begins. Pairs may begin looking for nesting places as early as late February, so it's best to have the house hanging before then. Houses may also be used as refuge from the cold during long winter nights.

According to what I have read, titmice can be a bit tricky to attract, but I have been very successful with them, so I must be doing something right! They are said to prefer houses mounted higher off the ground than the usual bird house height, and I have had good luck with houses mounted about 8-10 feet from the ground. They are also said to prefer forested areas, and this is consistent with my experience. So, get yourself a ladder, but please, do be careful! This is a house meant to be hung in a wooded yard or nearby forest, where it will blend into the surroundings. Unlike wood, the high fired stoneware will never rot, so it has the durability to last a lifetime.

NOTE ON SHIPPING: If you are very close to western Pennsylvania, I may be able to save you a significant amount on shipping.

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Bird House in Stoneware--"Tree Hugger" Design for Titmice

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: food safe glazes, brass screw, cone 10 stoneware clay
  • Only ships within United States.
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