That gave me a short window of time to do something around the homestead.
Putting up some ledges for Barn Swallow nests fit the bill.
|The 4"-by-6" post will need to be sheathed with flashing to make it raccoon resistant.|
According to Richard and Diane Van Vleck
Every nest in the colony has its rim approximately 1 1/2" from the ceiling. The swallows seem not to mind unusually low or high ceilings, they just prefer to build right up near the ceiling....The average base of the swallow nests is 5 1/2" below the ceiling. Nesting shelves provided in my workshop where all the wood is planed and painted were readily accepted when they were placed 5" to 6" below the ceiling, but not when inadvertantly placed substantially lower.
Of course, 5-1/2" is the width of a standard, planed 2-by-6. Guess what I used as a shim to set the spacing.
My hope is that Barn Swallows will eat Japanese Beetles. This barn is within 30 yards of the vineyard.