Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Andi Bourne

For the Birds - Home Sweet Homes Built


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

More than 20 bird houses decorate Jody Butler's backyard. She hopes to have two houses per post on her new fence. Elden Barbieri builds the houses and they both decorate them.

SEELEY LAKE - Elden Barbieri and Jody Butler have been busy this summer filling Butler's backyard with summer homes for bluebirds, wrens and chickadees. With more than 20 hand-painted bird houses to choose from, they hope returning birds this spring will feel right at home.

After replacing Butler's fence, she decided it needed something more.

"She thought it would be a good idea if we put up some bird houses, like two or three," said Barbieri. "Twenty some later we are still building bird houses."

Butler was going to use gourds for the bird houses but found decorating wood houses was more f...

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