My first Tengmalm's Owl-sized Nest Box
Yesterday I helped Thomas, a pediatrician/birder/bird census-taker extraordinaire, to measure pieces of wood to be cut for large nest boxes. Then he drew me some instructions and talked me through how to put one together, and this morning I built a nest box. It's not perfect, but it's pretty sturdy and the front opens and closes nicely, which is important for checking to see if it's occupied/extracting occupants for ringing. I'm rather proud, actually.
Now that Thomas is gone I am the keeper of the nest box building knowledge, so tomorrow perhaps I will show everyone else here how to build one (it's not hard, obviously, since I did it). We'll use the wood he's left behind to make as many as we can and later in the summer he'll come back and put a few finishing touches on them before putting them up around here.