Enjoy a Wild Bird Sanctuary in Your Yard

Apr 12, 2019

HomeFront — Jeff Tedesco, owner of  Wild Bird Sanctuary Design, promises to “bring your yard back to life” with his handmade bird houses, feeders and birdbaths. Tedesco is a wildlife fancier and used to be a hunter in his younger days. His love of birds is easy to understand – after all, he shares it with millions across the nation. Bird watching is the largest hobby of any in the world.

In Tedesco’s Ocean Acres backyard one day this spring, his huge trees attracted two downy woodpeckers intent on finding a meal. Tedesco’s spring-activated, squirrel-proof bird feeder was filled with sunflower seeds, perfect lures for blue jays, grackles, titmice and crows. The woodpeckers enjoyed the citrus fruit slices placed on top of the feeder, where there were three different level perches for small, medium and big birds. The top of the feeder is made of composite board so it won’t rot; inside is a sloped aluminum ramp so seeds are always refilled to the main feeder area.

The woodpeckers were also checking out the wooden birdhouses Tedesco had made just for them out of cedar wood. Cedar is durable and deters insects. He doesn’t paint or varnish his wooden creations in order to keep chemicals away from the wildlife.

Tedesco had used his hunting knowledge to attach the boxes to the trees. “I use chains, just like I used to anchor my deer stands,” he explained. The boxes had large holes to accommodate larger red-bellied woodpeckers that frequent his yard. The house has a deep nesting platform inside just like a tree hole. He will adjust his birdhouse plan to fit the size and type of bird you desire; for instance, a tiny wren would need a small house with a very small hole to keep out starlings.

In his basement woodshop, he showed a special duplex model for birds that like to nest in communities; he can also make durable purple martin houses with multiple nesting boxes.

All his birdhouses and bird feeders can also be put on poles, and he has steel poles for just this purpose. The steel pole also acts as a squirrel deterrent. “They can’t get a grip on it,” he said. And if the birdhouse is located correctly on an 8- to 12-foot-high pole, no predators such as raccoons or “Miss Fluffy” the cat can get to the nest.

For a woodland setting, his terra cotta birdbath is attached to a large wood stump anchored to the ground. Even in a stiff breeze, the birdbath stays stable, he said.

Prices for these natural, durable birdhouses start at $85 with the pole included. And he will install an entire birding habitat with feeder, birdhouse and birdbath for $340. Be assured that as a retired public works employee, he knows what he’s doing.

“It’s gratifying to help out nature and bring the beauty of birds right to your door,” he said. “They are always putting on a show.”

Contact Wild Bird Sanctuary Design and Jeff Tedesco by calling 609-290-2725.

— Pat Johnson

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