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A bird in the house …

John Hart
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Grass Valley Charter School students hope to soon see plenty of new birds in their backyards, thanks to the new and scientifically correct wooden birdhouses they built this week.

The students, fourth- and fifth-graders, will place the birdhouses in their yards at home five feet above ground.

The budding bird watchers count on seeing bluebirds, swallows, fly catchers and other birds over the next couple of months.

“I’m going to set it up in my backyard,” fifth-grader Charlie Martin said as he and his classmates sanded their birdhouses near their classroom Thursday.

“I hope it can attract a wide variety of birds. I’m hoping it will attract something I haven’t seen before,” the 12-year-old said.

Audubon Society volunteers helped students design the houses, said teacher Patsy Ford Davison.

The birdhouses were designed to keep the rain and predators out. Ventilation holes keep the air cool during the hot days, and inside ridges grooved into the plywood allow fledglings to leave the nests. Small holes will keep the larger birds away.

Ten-year-old Joe Gillespie predicted birds will be attracted to the new birdhouses, which will not be painted.

“Birds don’t like cutesy houses,” said Joe, who hopes to see some rare songbirds in his backyard near Bitney Springs Road.

Eventually, Davison said, the students will compile a local bird guide, which they will sell to the public. All proceeds will be donated to the Sierra Foothills Audubon Society.

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