2014 BLUEBIRD BOXES
In 2014 the Thompson Conservation Commission will have 55 Bluebird nesting boxes to give
to Thompson residents interested in helping to strengthen the Bluebird population.
We thought you might like to see how the boxes were made.
This is the pile of rough sawn pine boards donated by David Eddy of Thompson.
Rough sawn lumber is a good material to use because the inside of the boxes
needs to have a rough surface so the young birds can climb up the
inside walls when they fledge and leave the nest.
At this point all the lumber has been cut into individual parts and is ready for
the machining steps needed for assembly. In this photo the 1 1/2" entry
hole is being drilled in the front panel of the nesting box. Not only does this
hole need to be 1 1/2" diameter for the Bluebirds but it is also spaced
a precise distance down from the top of the box.
Here the 3/16" front panel pivot hole is being drilled at the top
front edge of the box side panel. The side panel will also get a 3/8"
ventilation hole up near the point along the back edge.
In addition to these drilling steps the back panel gets two
3/16" diameter post mounting holes and the bottom will
have the four corners cut to 1/2" chamfers for drainage.
Here all the parts have been made and are ready for assembly.
This is a partially completed box with the back, sides and bottom assembled.
You can just make out the 3/8" ventilation hole near the top of the side panel.
Here is a completely assembled box with the front panel swung open.
The front opens like this for end of season box cleaning and examination of the
young birds by qualified ornithologists.
A total of 55 Bluebird nesting boxes were built for distribution
in 2014. This photo shows about 2/3 of these new boxes.
A finished box ready to give to an interested Thompson resident.
For information on installing Bluebird boxes click HERE.
Click HERE to contact the
Conservation Officer for more information
or to be placed on the wait list for a Bluebird nest box.