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Artificial Hunting Perches for Bluebirds and other species
Barn swallows take advantage of garden perches even though they hunt mainly in flight.
|A high perch beside the kestrel tower was often used by the male and by both for passing prey to the female. The perch has been removed since a nearby power line serves the same purpose. At nest boxes where no other nearby perch is available, an artificial perch would be much appreciated.||A pair of tree swallows on the perch switch used to record owl visits at night. The owl's weight closed a switch wired to a homemade event recorder with a second pen that marked each minute. Luckily, modern video equipment has replaced all of that.||A kestrel hunting from a tall perch located in a meadow. The perch pole is mounted on a large iron wheel so it can be tilted on its side and rolled to a new location, much as portable fencing is used to rotate grazing plots. Observing where the kestrels hover hunt is a good indication of where to position the perch.|This perch is simply clamped to a metal fence post.
The creek bank has no shortage of natural perches, but not always where I want one.
A jar lid with drainage holes nailed to a 2x2 makes a quick and free calcium or meal worm feeding perch.
The wheel of this hay rake provides a convenient perch for this nesting mockingbird waiting to feed its young.
A hog butchering tripod can be moved wherever needed, especially if you don't wire a skull on top.
A mockingbird perches on a conveniently located pump while waiting for the photographer to leave before approaching the nest.
|barn owl||American kestrel||purple martin||barn swallow||Eastern bluebird|
|tufted titmouse||Eastern phoebe||yellow shafted flicker||tree swallow||chimney swift|
|house wren||big brown bat||Carolina wren||brown thrasher||catbird|
|cedar waxwing||Northern mockingbird|
|Yellow warbler||Acadian flycatcher|
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