Photographer's Note

There is a real back story to this one and I apologize in advance for the trite detail but I think this is a good one.

Mr. Slote is the builder of these houses, 100 or so on his house lot and more than 100 across the street where this shot was taken. If there was a workshop I would show the wide view. I drove past this place a couple of times but never stopped and then couldn’t find it again. Last winter I stumbled across it bit ALL the houses were inside being cleaned and painted. Mr. Slote is retired from the post office and does this only for the pleasure, but the real story is this: All the houses have birds in them and ALL the houses are made of CONCRETE. Talking with this gentleman was the highlight of my day.

The house have numbers, on a map that Mr. Slote keeps with his binoculars where he keeps track of his tenents.

These are all seasonal birds that do not winter over here in this part of the country. Cleaning the houses out is important because the material breaks down and degrades which attracts insects which bring disease to the birds, especially the young.

Several species, certainly not all, of the north American song birds will nest in bird houses. If there are no houses they also make their own way, but since they are so leasing to watch and listen to many people build houses, though not usually this many, to attract them. I have 7 bird houses where I live, but I build mine out of western red cedar.

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Photo Information
Viewed: 1948
Points: 8
Additional Photos by Greg Davis (Greg1949) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1443 W: 102 N: 2512] (9011)
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