These unusual birdhouses were apparently quite popular in 18th-century Williamsburg. Fragments have been unearthed throughout the area, and a 1746 inventory and 1752 advertisement provide further evidence. Though it's tempting to attribute their use to an enthusiasm for bird watching, bird bottles served a more practical purpose: nesting birds made ideal insect control around homes, kitchens, and stables.
So I bought one and just mounted it on the shed in my backyard. I'm curious to see who moves in.
|The bottle has two holes where a twig can be inserted as an inviting perch.|
|Here's a sketch in my moleskine I did of the shed last summer while I was grilling dinner.|