Red-Headed Woodpecker Nesting Box





Introduction: Red-Headed Woodpecker Nesting Box

This nesting box is an eco friendly, easy-to-make, and useful item that will prevent red-headed woodpeckers from pecking at your siding while providing them a home for their eggs at the same time. Red-headed woodpeckers are nearly endangered and they live in the Midwestern and Eastern part of the United States. This woodpecker nesting box will benefit both our species. The nesting box is also a safer alternative to some harmful solutions that other people have tried including netting and shooting at the birds. This solution was created by the RoboKnights, which is a First Lego League Team . First Lego League is an international robotics competition organized for the elementary and middle school students. In addition to the robotic aspect, they have a research project which related to their theme which is Animal Allies for the 2016-17 year. We hope you enjoy our project!

Step 1: Use a Saw or Hammer and Wedge to Break Log Directly in Half.

It is easier to use the hammer and wedge but a saw will work just as well.

Step 2: Use a Hammer or Chisel to Hollow Out the Inside

You can also apply blue paint as we did and use that as a guide so you can chisel correctly. The entrance does not need to be too large but large enough for the woodpecker.

Step 3: Reconnect the Two Halves With Two or Three Hinges

The hinges are there so you can reuse your box and empty it out.

Step 4: Attach One Latch Near the Top and Another Near the Bottom of the Split.

These are so your box stays closed near nesting season.

Step 5: Add Two Hooks on the Top to Hang Your Nesting Box From.

You can hang your nesting box anywhere you would like to but it must be accessible for the woodpeckers.

Step 6: Fill the Inside With Wood Shavings.

The woodpeckers like to excavate their nest before laying their eggs so this will ensure that the woodpeckers have a chance to do so.

Step 7: Hang It Up Outside and Enjoy Your New Woodpecker Nesting Box.

We hope you enjoy our product! Thank you!

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ALL woodpeckers eat insects. Almost all backyard birds eat insects. It is their main food source when they are nesting.

Do you have PROOF that woodpeckers nested in this box? Do you have a picture of woodpecker?

Woodpeckers are carnivores. They drill through wood to get the insects inside. Baby birds would be a bigger meal for way less work.

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Some woodpeckers are carnivorous but the woodpeckers we are aiming to help eat nuts and fruits. This box is for nesting and not feeding and I hope they do not eat the helpless baby birds.

Congratulations to the RoboKnights for having the stamina to complete this labor intensive red headed woodpecker nest box! Shame on their adult leaders for not insisting on approved eye protection for everyone - leaders included. Additional measurements would have been helpful such as how long is the log, how big should the entrance be, what shape - round, oval, something else and which direction - vertical or horizontal, how deep does the cavity need to be and about how big. Or does the woodpecker take care of that? Also, if this design is approved by any national bird group it should be mentioned as it would support making this type of nest box.

Over a couple of days a woodpecker did widen the entry of a birds house in my garden - to eat the little birds inside. I thought he'd occupy the home for his family, but obviously once the plate was eaten up he left the restaurant.

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This is an anomaly because woodpeckers usually eat berries and nuts. What type of woodpecker was it? Anyway, this house is made specifically for red-headed woodpeckers so you will not have that scarring problem again.

That is really cool. This is the first time that I have seen a bird house that actually looked like something the bird would really live in.