|Photo: Iowa DNR website|
Bluebirds are one of our most loved and useful birds. They bring a flash of color, and eat a large amount of grasshoppers, beetles and larvae. Numbers have dwindled significantly due to competition for nesting cavities from the English House Sparrow. By putting up birdhouses we can help them out and gain some insect eating friends.
Here's more information from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Eastern Bluebird
Here are the bluebird house plans I used as a base.
Here's a wren house plan if you have smaller pieces. Wrens are another insect eating machine and do well in town. Their pretty song is quite loud, so you may want to locate these birdhouses further from bedroom windows.
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