Swallow Birdhouse

Swallow Birdhouse - Slot Entrance
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  • Item #: SWALLOW-HSE

 SWALLOW BIRDHOUSE - slot entrance
.....with unique slot entrance feature.....
each 9"DEEP x 8"WIDE x 16"TALL
(body cavity - 12"L x 5"W )

One of our most familiar birds in rural areas and semi-open country, the swallow is often seen skimming low over fields with a flowing, graceful flight. It seems to have adopted humans as neighbors, typically placing its nest in barns or garages, or under bridges or wharves; indeed, it is now rare to find a Swallow nest in a site that is not manmade. The species is also common across Europe and Asia, wintering to southern Africa and South America. 

 

PRODUCT DETAILS:
Size: 9"deep x 8"wide x 15"tall each
(body - @ 12"L x 5"W )
Weight: 5 lbs each
Materials: All Cedar plus exterior glue, nails, and screws
* No assembly required--item ready to use when it arrives
* Mounting instructions included with each house.
* Cedar Slatted roof for durability. On a birdhouse, roofs receive most wear.
* Shipping discount when more than one ordered.

CARE & MAINTENANCE:
Before mounting your house, you may want to consider applying a sealant to the wood. We recommend CLEAR WOOD FINISH as it is low odor and brushes clean up with water. It soaks into the cedar and provides another level of wood protection. CEDAR is probably the best wood for outdoor items. The wood does not deteriorate or start breaking down .... it's integrity remains. However, unsealed cedar will turn to a light gray color. Many like this look because they feel it blends in with nature and surrounding trees. However, if you want to keep the cedar color longer, then a sealant is recommended. We provide this information with each house and we also provide this service on our website at www.arkworkshop.com. Regardless of whether you seal or not, you will probably still want to wipe off the birdhouse every now and then, removing bird droppings and any dirt/grime that has collected over time.


7 SUMMARY POINTS OF THE SWALLOW HOUSE:

1. In research conducted, slot entrance was preferred by many birds when offered a choice of either slot entrance and round entrance housing.  Slot seems to be a more natural entry shape that birds encounter while in the wild.

2. The front panel swivels forward making cleaning a snap!

3. The front panel can also be adjusted up/down to control slot width. Controlling entrance width is a very unique feature and something hole entrance houses are unable to do.


4. Wide roof overhang keeps rain away from the opening and pushes droplets away from entrance -- keeps babies and mother dry!


5. The floor is elevated so that water cannot "wick" up.


6. Pre-drilled holes for mounting and cedar slatted roof for durability. ALL CEDAR CONSTRUCTION.


7. Informative flier included that discusses Swallows, Nesting, Mounting Houses, Features of a Swallow house, and more.

 

Swallow Size & Shape
When perched, the sparrow-sized Swallow appears cone shaped, with a slightly flattened head, no visible neck, and broad shoulders that taper to long, pointed wings. The tail extends well beyond the wingtips and the long outer feathers give the tail a deep fork.

MEASUREMENTS - Both Sexes

Length: 5.9-7.5 in (15-19 cm)
Weight: 0.6-0.7 oz (17-20 g)
Wingspan: 11.4-12.6 in (29-32 cm)

Color Pattern
Swallows have a steely blue back, wings, and tail, and rufous to tawny underparts. The blue crown and face contrast with the cinnamon-colored forehead and throat. White spots under the tail can be difficult to see except in flight. Males are more boldly colored than females.

Feeding Behavior
Food is mostly captured and eaten in the air. Often forages quite low over water or fields. In bad weather, may sometimes feed on the ground.  Swallows feed on the wing, snagging insects from just above the ground or water to heights of 100 feet or more. They fly with fluid wingbeats in bursts of straight flight, rarely gliding, and can execute quick, tight turns and dives. When aquatic insects hatch, Swallows may join other swallow species in mixed foraging flocks.

Eggs
4-5, sometimes 6, rarely 7. White, spotted with brown. Incubation is by both sexes (female does more), 13-17 days. Young: Both parents feed young. One or two additional birds, the pair's offspring from previous broods, may attend the nest and sometimes feed the nestlings. Young leave the nest about 18-23 days after hatching. 1 or 2 broods per year.

Young
Both parents feed young. One or two additional birds, the pair's offspring from previous broods, may attend the nest and sometimes feed the nestlings. Young leave the nest about 18-23 days after hatching. 1 or 2 broods per year.

Diet
Insects. Feeds on a wide variety of flying insects, especially flies (including house flies and horse flies), beetles, wasps, wild bees, winged ants, and true bugs. Also eats some moths, damselflies, grasshoppers, and other insects, and a few spiders and snails. Only occasionally eats a few berries or seeds.

Nesting
Courtship involves aerial chases. On perch, mated pair sit close together, touch bills, preen each other's feathers. Several pairs may nest in same immediate area, but does not form dense colonies like some swallows. Nest: Original natural sites were in sheltered crevices in cliffs or shallow caves. Sites used today are mostly in open buildings, under eaves, under bridges or docks, or similar places. Nest (built by both sexes) is a cup of mud and dried grass, lined with feathers.

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CEDAR SEAL: For an extra $9, we will be happy to seal the house with a high quality sealant called CWF by Flood.  Cedar is one of the best woods to use for outdoor items. It is a wood that can expand and contract with warm and cold weather. It performs very well to outdoor use. After a period of time, cedar will begin to lighten to a beautiful silvery gray. However, if you want to keep cedar looking its TAN color longer, then a sealant is recommended. We use a product called CLEAR WOOD FINISH. It is low odor, water soluble, and penetrates deep into the pours of the cedar thus creating a clear coat of protection and preserving the cedar's tan color. It is safe, odorless, and non toxic.  We feel it is the best sealant on the market.

 

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