Another season is over and the swallows are getting ready to return to their winter homes. They come back to the same area year after year, so they'll appreciate a nesting box they can use every season.
These nesting boxes have been designed specifically for tree swallows. They are great little song birds that migrate thousands of KM each year, returning home to nest with us and raise their young. Each adult can consume many hundreds of insects a day.
Nesting boxes sold in retail stores are almost always too small and since female tree swallows can laid between 4 and 7 eggs, an under-sized and over-crowded nesting box can cause baby swallows (nestlings) to die. Tree swallow numbers have been declining for more than 20 years; one of the reasons being a lack of available nesting sites.
Each box is hand-built here in Nova Scotia, Canada, using all natural, western red cedar, which is safe for birds and is well known to last for many years. Its dimensions were recommended by a very knowledgeable tree swallow hobbyist based in New York State, who has studied tree swallows for 40 + years.
I've received many compliments on the design of the nesting box with the gable roof; my intention was to provide protection for the entrance hole from wind and rain coming from the sides as well as the top. Comes with side door that opens for cleaning/inspection and entrance hole sized for tree swallows. Box style with flat roof has removable top. Introductory price of $50. Canadian firm. Pick up in Kentville area. Willing to ship for extra charge if interested. Have shipped as far west as Oregon & Alberta, east to Virginia & New Brunswick and as far south as Texas. Contact me and I'ill send shipping info. Tracking # & insurance included when shipping Canada Post.
Please see http://treeswallowprojects.com/buildbox.html for EXCELLENT info on tree swallows, the issues they face and site/location and installation info for their nesting boxes. Tree swallows will return from the southern United States, Mexico and Central America in early April and will be looking for nesting sites. Three styles available (all made of cedar, box types are $50., Barn Swallow Shelf is $30.) Thanks.