[Tweeters] Comments regarding placement of swallow boxes.

amy schillinger schillingera at hotmail.com
Sat Mar 14 22:09:07 PDT 2009



Tweeters, et al,



Interesting thread. I'll add another for our VG's. They use our south facing box. The neighbors box across the street is north facing and they use that one as well. I wonder if they are not as picky as we think. I think that this year I will hang boxes facing east and west and see what happens. ;)



Amy Schillinger

Renton, WA

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From: heron-hill at comcast.net
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Comments regarding placement of swallow boxes.
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 2009 19:11:27 -0700
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu

Penny--Yep, I'm in Redmond so the prevailing winds here also are, of course, generally out of the south or southwest. So perhaps that does explain the clear preference my VG swallows have for the north-facing box.





Daniel James Brown


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On Mar 14, 2009, at 5:54 PM, Penny Koyama wrote:

Daniel didn't say where he is from, but in Puget Sound, prevailing winds are from the south. I've had the best luck with an east-facing box.

Penny Koyama, Bothell
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----- Original Message -----
From: Daniel Brown
To: Tweeters
Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2009 4:07 PM
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Comments regarding placement of swallow boxes.

Every spring I mount two swallow boxes on a pole in the middle of our meadow--one facing south and one facing north. Presumably because VG swallows are territorial, they only occupy one. So far, over five years of doing this, it has always been the north-facing box. I have always assumed that they avoided the south-facing box because it would be more likely to grow overheated, but reading the other comments here it sounds as if south works in many cases. So I'm not sure why they always go for the north box....





Daniel James Brown


To learn about my new book, THE INDIFFERENT STARS ABOVE, please visit www.danieljamesbrown.com.





On Mar 14, 2009, at 3:55 PM, Wilson Cady wrote:

I have always face my boxes south keeping in mind the prevailing wind
directions. Here a box facing east is more likely to catch the cooler
winds and one facing west has more of a potential to get rain blown into
the opening. Seldom do we get a wind from the south and an opening in
that direction has an evener temperature. Just my opinion and for our
location.


Wilson Cady
Skamania County, WA
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