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Monday, June 28, 2010


I just want to mention something about your bird viewing building. Will you be using glass in the windows, or screen? From experience with Hummingbirds, they can find themselves inside very easily and then they are trapped if someone can't catch them and remove them. Just in case someone should leave a shutter open, just something to think of. We had them get up under our bedroom on the 5th wheel and not be able to fly out from under it (have no idea why), no kidding, I found 2 or 3 dead on our drive way while the 5th wheel was parked. I also had one get under the awning. He was able to find the way out. When they have gotten stuck in our garage while the door was up, we would have to wait until they got weak enough to perch on a broom and bring them down underneath the electric garage door and release them out the opening. I know it sounds crazy but they can get into trouble so quickly, they exert so much energy and can't replenish while looking for an opening. I would hate for you to lose birds in the one place you want to be watching them from.

That's a beautiful picture of the Grosbeak with his red coloring and the blue from the feeder! Good job on the bird blind!

We've had hummingbirds in our garage. They will not fly out even with both doors raised. For some reason, they stay up higher in the garage. We used a 12 foot extended paint roller handle for a perch to help them out. However, barn swallows fly in and out of garages (and barns) all day long.

You might use plexiglass to cover the openings, but screen wire might be better. It would also provide some ventilation. Screen would also prevent wasps from building nests inside.

Howard & Linda,

Even before seeing the other replies, I had decided to comment that fiberglass screen wire will not rust, keep the birds out and it is almost like a one-way glass. It is virtualy impossible for the birds to detect motion looking in.

I Love the bird blind... this Butch guy is some handyman isn't he!

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