Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The Choice Between a square and a rectangular shape tweeters !!!
I might have touched on this subject matter but if I do I would like to say that I might have forgotten.
From the many bird houses that I have entered and inspected, there are some distinct differences if you use the rectangular shape tweeters.
The shape of a rectangular provide you with very little space to mount it correctly.
You only have one option that is to screw only one of the four openings onto the nesting plank. The sharp end gives very little resting space to accommodate a loving couple.
Look at this picture which I recently took:
To me this orientation is not very conducive since you do not encourage a couple to rest side by side when they come in for the first time into your new BH.
I prefer the rectangular tweeter of 2"x5" in size. My main reason being the tweeter can be easily mounted with two screws embedded into the nesting planks using two of the four holes.
Have a look at this picture:
If you install using the 2 inches section on the nesting plank, you actually limit to only two birds to sit next to each other.
To me this the preferred method since no others will joint the couple. The chances of your spouse to be hijack by another male is minimum.
One more think that you must clearly understood is the heat generated by these tweeters when there are current flowing to the base. I am very sure it will be warm at night. The warm makes the birds better during a cold wet season.
The best location to mount the rectangular tweeter is 3-5 inches away from a 90* corners. There is a very good reason for this precise orientation.
You see the birds after staying in your new BH for a couple of weeks will not mate until they are 100% sure that it is save from any predators, the house is cool and humid.
Once they decide to mate they will need to build a place called nest. Normally they will choose the 90* corner or just above the tweeter which they have been occupying. The distance of 3-5 inches is ideal for this young birds.
Remember if they should occupy the 90* corner just to the left or the right, the tweeter will be open for a new couple to call their first home. This will ensure that the same tweeter will be used for the second time. This time this new couple will have the tweeter top or their base at the back as the best place to build their maiden nest.
If you place your tweeter just below the 90* corner, the tweeter can be used only once.
Just have a good look at this picture:
So the lesson from this article is to think carefully where to install those tweeters in your new BH and what is the best shape for those wild birds !!!!!
I think I am a bit too crazy to come out with these minor issues. Well to you it might be minor but to me I called it "Precision". You cannot take chances. Remember we need to understand what they prefer and we must to give it all to them.
What we hope for is that they will continue staying and helps to populate our new BH.