Have you ever seen this unusual type of bird house? It’s a bird bottle, and we purchased one about 15 years ago on a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. These unique avian abodes are reproduced from an artifact found at the James Geddy House, one of the landmarks you can see in the restored colonial city.
Source: Williamsburg Marketplace
In fact, fragments of these bird bottles were found all over the town in archaeological digs. The earliest have been dated back to 1699!
Were early US colonists bird watchers, as many of us are today? Perhaps, but it’s more likely that they wanted to attract birds to their town to decrease the insect population.
Here is ours, after being wrapped in bubble wrap in a closet for many years. I’m surprised that I wrapped it with a nest still inside!
After cleaning it out and finding a fresh stick for a perch, we hung it outside the new screened porch, which is nearly done.
Oh, I hope to have a photo of a bird going in to show you soon! A Carolina Wren was checking it out the other day, hopefully she’ll take up residence.
If you’d like to add a bird bottle to your home or garden, they are easy to find and order. Just do an internet search and you’ll find many sources. I haven’t linked any here because I didn’t want to “recommend” one over the other, but they seem to be all priced about the same from the ones I saw.
Update: If you’d like to see who moved in only two weeks later, read Birds Nesting, Email Woes, and Mothers Day.
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