Raptor Boxes And Perching-
Raptor perching and boxes will encourage our local raptor species to take up residence or use your property as hunting territory. Boxes are meant to create nesting and roosting habitat for our cavity nesting species- Barn Owls, American Kestrels and Western Screech Owls. Adding supplemental perching will also encourage local raptors to control rodent activity on your property. Read below for more information.
*Raptor boxes are available for purchase in our raptor store. Our boxes are made by volunteers, if we are sold out, please check back at a later date.
types, installation and plans
We have both Barn Owl boxes and American Kestrel/Western Screech Owl boxes for sale in our raptor store. These cavity nesting raptor species are well known to nest and roost in man made boxes and we have had a lot of success with birds taking up residence in our boxes.
Suitable properties: residential but not highly urbanized (avoid fast moving traffic), need some tree canopy, open spaces, forested. Areas where raptor boxes are going up will preferably be devoid of any rodenticide use- please refrain from their use and check with your neighbors.
Barn Owl box guide , click here.
Western Screech Owl/American Kestrel box guide, click here.
These are two different plans, one is for slightly larger birds but all kinds of birds will use these kinds of posts. For our local raptors (and migratory visitors), the species we are talking about are: Red-tailed Hawks, Red-shouldered Hawks, Barn Owls, Cooper's Hawks, Great Horned Owls, White-tailed Kites, Merlins, American Kestrels, Osprey (must be near body of water), the occasional Bald and Golden Eagle, and more.
Constructed with 4x4 post and cross piece and 2x4 arms. The cross piece can be 2-4 ft long. *For the perches going out into the valley- we do not want to use astro-turf padding but we will want the top edges of the top cross piece to be slightly sanded down.
Another T-Perch Plan for smaller raptors
This construction is for smaller birds of prey and uses 2x4s in the place of 4x4s. The cross beams should be 3 ft. wide.
This is a general plan, a simple perch can also be constructed with one bar and does not necessarily need the supports depending on the wood you are using. Raptors are adaptable and will use most any T-Perch as long as it is placed in an open space. Sanding down rough edges is advised.