I was painting my latest birdhouse fabrication red yesterday when a hummingbird hovered overhead, hence, the name, Hummingbird Hotel. This structure features a sliding roof slanted at 22.5 degrees–it is held in place by screws covered by slats that rotate. Simply turn two screws “lefty-righty” to release the roof if you wish to clean the inside after messy guests. Décor includes an abalone shell on the roof that hopefully will not attract seagulls, two entrances and a driftwood perch. All parts were from the ocean, or my pile of scrap wood. The red paint was from a sample jar purchased for a few dollars from Hope Depot. From the street the house has a happy face. As with all my birdhouses, rent is free and occupancy based on first come, first served.

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