Outdoor Nest Shelf

Free plans to build an outdoor nest shelf for robins, barn swallows or phoebes.

Outdoor Nest Shelf

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Outdoor Nest Shelf

When an outdoor nest shelf is built, the three most common birds that use the shelf as the base of their home are Barn Swallows, Phoebes and Robins.

Robins usually announce the coming of spring when they return to their breeding grounds in the northern states, where they are general favorites. The nest is usually built of mud and lined with grasses; placed in the fork of a tree or on some sheltered ledge.

Robins take kindly to nesting shelves put up for them and it is well to put up several since but one brood is reared in each nest built. This old nest should be removed after the young birds have gone. By providing the nest shelf you can observe these birds and watch them as they raise a family in a location that will keep them safe and sheltered.

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