We are told that barn owls have been making a comeback in Ohio and that is great news. Click here for a photo of this incredible bird and a bit about its biology. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see the plan we used to build the nesting box pictured below. We did move the clean-out door from the top to the side, as you will see below, for easier cleaning.
Can't get much stuff in a Prius? We say "try harder!"
Bundled up and ready for fun:
Our local park district has some great natural areas to explore and also a few cool historic things such as an old hay barn at Sautter Memorial Park - a perfect spot to install a barn owl box. Jennifer researched designs, Steve and Jennifer procured the materials, and Steve built the box.
Jim Overmoyer (Chair of the Morrow County Park Commissioners), Jennifer and Steve install the box as seen here:
Here Jim attaches wires that support the bottom of the owl box:
Yes, Jim is doing most of the work! Here he drives some screws through the bottom of the owl box into a horizontal barn beam:
Before we muscled the box into place, we used a saws-all to cut a small opening in the barn siding through which the owl will pass in and out of the box:
Jennifer says, "Hey, barn owl friends, your home is ready!"
The box is set about 25 feet from outside ground level. We will have to be careful during maintenance!
On the way home Steve asked, "I wonder how the owls will find the opening on the outside of the barn?" to which Jennifer replied, "Um, barn owls are pretty good at finding nesting locations...they know what they are doing." Whew, that's a relief to know!
Here are the plans: