Raptor Perching and Boxes- Information and Plans

Raptor perching and nest boxes provide needed supplemental nesting and hunting opportunities to our local raptors. If you have questions about adding a perch or nest box to your property please email (email preferred over calling) us at ojairaptorcenter@gmail.com.


raptor t-perches

These are two different plans, one is for slightly larger birds but in reality 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, the occasional Bald and Golden Eagle, and more.

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Pictured above is our standard for raptor T-perching. Constructed with 4x4 post and cross piece and 2x4 arms. *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 construction is for smaller birds of prey and uses 2x4s in the place of 4x4s. The cross beams should be 3 ft. wide.

Raptor Box Plans