Animals are very opportunistic creatures - we'll call this Ornithology 101 - If You Hole It They Will Come.
Ornithology, from the Greek word ornis, meaning "bird."
Birdhouses large and small only need a hole to attract birds. And when you build a little house to go outdoors for birds, if you hole it they will come.
What happens when you leave holes in houses large enough that birds can get in?
They will come!
Gable townhouse roofs often have an architectural detail on the front of the house - another gable roof, almost a huge dormer.
This townhouse has such a detail. It's a nice addition to the house design.
However this house has something else - large holes were left on each side where the edges of the front gable roof meet the main roof on the townhouse.
And inside each hole? A condo community!
I watched the comings and goings for a while. There were a lot of birds there! And this was a busy day. There was a lot of bird work to do.
Well, it was the first day of spring. Spring brings lots of bird work to do. Nests, you know.
Here I am parked for five minutes, looking at the front of the house. And I see bird activity that is abundant, frequent and in great numbers.
Nobody has noticed this before? This house is 18 years old!
My recommendation: houses can be lived in by more than people! Once I saw a large hole in a house and inside the attic was a nest made of hay, and large enough for your average ostrich! Who knows what was living there. All a bat needs to get inside is 1/4"! And if they find that size gap, and they will, bats will move in. Bats come in large numbers too! Look at the holes in some bird nests - they are no larger than 1" in diameter. If you leave that size gap on any house the birds will find it, they will come, and you will experience Ornithology 101 too! Your house will be the largest birdhouse in the neighborhood. I wonder if the birds have their own HOA?
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