You are here
Terra Cotta Birdhouse - Round
Sparrow home. Made in Amsterdam These vintage looking birdhouses remind me of the south of France, and the birdhouses I used to see tucked under awnings, under roofs, or a garden wall. These handmade pots have an entrance of about 45 mm (1 1/2 inch), suitable for starlings and sparrows. This one is manufactured under the supervision of Willbrord Borger master potter of -inchDe Vogelpot-inch. Making a -inchbird pot-inch is genuine craftsmanship; they are handmade as they were three hundred years ago. I recommend that you glue the little branch into the hole, to keep it from falling out. Or securing it with plumbers tape might work just as well. The pot is incomplete without a perch! It is also important to choose a quiet spot out of each of cats. The birds also prefer the entrance to face east: this will keep most of the rain out. The best time to hang the pot up is in autumn. In that case it will serve as a stopover at night and so take on the scent of its occupants. This enhances the likelihood that next spring the birds will use it as a nestling place. Cleaning it out once a year is enough. All you need to do is empty it. Naturally, you do this after the breeding season, that is, well into summer. Which birds are happy with a pot? Next to starlings, sparrows and tits, you can expect wrens, robins and the grey flycatcher. Most of these species play an important role in exterminating noxious insects in fields, woodlands and your own garden. If you install a bird pot, then, you help conserve plant life. A little background history on these originally 17th century bird houses/pots/jugs and their - purpose: In 1926, while dredging one of Amsterdam's canals, the Leidse Gracht, workers encountered an oddly fashioned piece of earthenware. It was a kind of a pot with a hole in the side and one loop along the neck. Archaeologists and historians were puzzled.