So, what is there to do when the snow is still on the ground, but the days are getting longer, and the seed catalogs are filling up your mail box? You’ve got spring fever, but it is too miserable to do any cleanup work outside.
So you resort to house cleaning. Birdhouse cleaning, that is.
We hung a bunch of birdhouses when we moved out here to the country about 15 years ago. Some we bought and some we made. My favorites are a pair of bluebird houses that Road Warrior and I made together for my birthday present several years ago. We hand cut roof shingles out of cedar shims and the houses were precious. Even the bluebirds loved them as is evidenced by the fact that they have nested in the boxes every year since we mounted them on our gate posts seven years ago.
But they were starting to take on that shabby chic look, and we started hearing the birds muttering cheep cheep cheep and we were afraid they were talking about us. The shingles were starting to curl and fall off so it was time for a home rehab.
We sequestered ourselves in the workroom for the weekend and completely renovated the houses. We even added a little curb appeal by including some architectural details to the design.
We were so pleased with the outcome of these little homes that we decided to restore all of our birdhouses. A couple looked like they had never been inhabited, but a few were filled with nesting materials that were consistent with mouse or chipmunk nests. But hey, they deserve a nice warm home, too. So we scoured, sanded, painted and decorated the rest of the houses over the next two weekends.
All the houses are now awaiting tenants
We’re starting to hear birdsong and we even saw a couple of bluebirds over the weekend. So hopefully they will stop by for an open house.