Our current platform birdhouse is a durable design built from solid cedar wood. It can be side mounted to a wall, fence post, or tree trunk.
Open face birdhouses are structures with a combination of either 1 to 3 side walls, a floor, and a roof. Open-face designs are intended to give the motherbird a full view of at least one direction, allowing her the convenience of both a platform and a partially enclosed structure. Open-face platforms are usually built with at least one side wall (back-side) in order to support a roof.
Unlike an open-face birdhouse, a flat platform structure is completely void of a roof and sides. This allows a motherbird to see in all directions, and enables her to make easy landings and take-offs. Flat platforms give a motherbird a high sense of awareness for her surroundings, especially bird species that are considered insectivores, as the motherbird can easily see a variety of insects from her vantage point. When foraging, it's easy for her to come and go when looking for food, as she can leave the platform from any side to swoop down on the ground below to catch crawling insects.
There are a variety of birds that will consider a flat platform for a nesting site, such as robins, blue jays, swallows and dove. Other bird species include tha bald eagle, osprey, great blue heron, white stork, just to name a few. Depending on the species, they will choose an open platform for different reasons based on their instincts. Whether it's a open-face birdhouse or flat platform, they are both intended for birds that will not enter into a completely enclosed structure. In either case, whether it's only one side or completely open, a platform nesting structure must have at least one side completely open for view.
Robins prefer to nest on platforms without roofs, while dove do not seem to mind too much if a platform has sides or a roof. Because doves are not very good nest builders, a man-made structure is useful for the incubation and hatching of their eggs. Regardless of species, the best safety feature for any platform is one with a pole mount design because metal poles are difficult for predators to climb. For morning doves, you don't have to go very high when mounting, as 6-10 feet above the ground will do.
Platforms can be mounted on the side of houses, garages, trees and fence posts.
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Birds Without Nests
While birds can be amazing at building their own nesting sites, there are a number of bird species that don't bother with nest building at all. A few that are worth mentioning are the chuck-will's-widow, white tern, snowy owl, emperor penguin, peregrine falcon and common murre. Instead, they either lay their eggs in an open flat area, near brush, or inbetween rocks. Other birds, such as the brown-headed cowbird, lay their eggs in the nests of other birds.
Our bird house platforms are built from pine and cedar wood, and come with an option for pole mounting, side mounting, or hanging.
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