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12 Gorgeous Birdhouses You’ll Want for Your Yard Come Spring

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Spring is just around the corner (we can feel it in our bones!), and nothing signals the change of the seasons quite like a nesting bird. These sweet little creatures will soon be flitting about, looking for just the right spot to build their nests and welcome their young, and a birdhouse, or nesting box, as it’s sometimes called, is the perfect way to provide them with a warm, safe shelter from the elements. Not only will it give you a glimpse of the circle of life that typically only occurs in the wild, these miniature dwellings will also make for a lovely decoration for your yard or patio space. We’ve rounded up 12 gorgeous options you can shop right now to get a jumpstart on nature.

How to Pick a Birdhouse

Choosing a birdhouse is about more than selecting the cutest piece for your yard — at least if you want birds to actually use it. According to self-proclaimed animal whisperer Val Heart, there are several important factors to consider in order to attract these little creatures.

For starters, you’ll want to take the material the birdhouse is made out of into account. Since most prefer to nest in the wild, raw materials, such as wood, will be your best bet for getting some wing traffic — even better if it’s disguised under twigs or moss.

You’ll also want to take the type of bird you want to visit your house into consideration. Larger birds, such as robins, phoebes, or barn swallows, won’t fit into the tiny 1-inch holes that are designed for bluebirds, chickadees, and the like.

In addition to size, different birds have different nesting preferences: Birds and Blooms reports that purple martins, for instance, are partial to apartment-style designs, where they can live in communities, while a bluebird will prefer a single-dwelling home. Do your due diligence and research the bird type you hope to attract before busting out the credit card.

Lastly, but certainly not least, ventilation is key to a bird’s comfort level, as they need access to air to keep from feeling stifled.

If you’re all read up on your bird of choice and you’re ready to select its potential new nesting home, you’ve come to the right place. Keep scrolling to see FIRST for Women’s picks for the best birdhouses on the market.

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