So, in theory the idea of hanging bird houses around the old homestead with the grand plan of attracting beautiful song birds is a good one. However, in practice it has it's flaws.
Over the years we've been fortunate and had the likes of Blue Birds, Wrens and Chickadees take up residence - these birds I welcome.
The dreaded House Sparrow on the other hand is one I do NOT want but have been unable to deter. Our neighbor has a Purple Martin house atop a tall pole, which has turned into low income housing for the dreaded House Sparrow, UGH! They're an unattractive, a nuisance, a lazy and a dirty bird. They're forever on and in the chicken coop stealing feed and pooping on everything.
Here is a male perched atop one of our houses -
Here is my solution to encourage them to go elsewhere. Sadly, this applies to all letters -
Here is one of the many Catbirds we have checking out my handy work and in complete agreement with my methods -
The only flaw in this method of mine is a 13yo named Emilie...