Many of the drawings have been scanned from Dorene Scriven's book
(with permission) Bluebird Trails - A Guide To Success. Many of the
drawings did not scan clearly and I touched up these drawings as best as
I could. It should be noted that many of these drawings were originally
drawn by the nest box designer. For instance Dick Peterson's nest box
was drawn by Dick. This particular drawing required a great deal of
editing to clean up the drawing from the scanning process, however I
believe I accurately recreated the original drawings.
There may be instances where you may have questions about the
drawings. In that I'm not the designer I will not be able to answer many
of your questions. I can say that the designer felt the box should be
built a certain way and I would tend to follow those instructions
- else you will be building a box that is not a true replica of the
original nest box design and may not function as intended.
The nest box designs with links are those for which I have drawings
for, those without links are boxes that are known (by me) and include a
brief description. There are probably other nest box designs not shown
here. If a nest box designer has drawings they would like included
please e-mail me or snail me a copy of the drawings. I would prefer the
drawing be in an electronic media but would accept drawings on paper
Note: My primary purpose is to provide information on nest boxes that
are designed for Bluebirds - other nest boxes designed for native
species are acceptable on a limited basis - nest boxes that do not
provide for some control over unwanted species will be respectfully
Note: the order of these boxes is alphabetical (by
designer name) and in no way implies preference on my part for one box
over another (this is a controversial issue), my only comment on which
is the best box is "The best bluebird nest box is the ones which
the bluebirds use". I will add that I do have a personal preference
but I don't think any one box is right for everyone.
I do hope that these drawings will be useful to those who wish to
build your own nest boxes (I'm not one of you - I'm a computer nerd).
I gratefully accept Dorene Scriven's permission to place drawings from
her book on these pages. I also would like to thank her once again for
providing me with the answers to my questions and confusion.