Charlie is my favorite potter and I visit the studio often. I told him about the raid on the birdbox and he said he would make me a pottery birdhouse. So we have hung the new house. I'm not sure how well it will attract birds, but it makes a lovely addition to the branches of the oak tree. The hole cannot be enlarged so the flying squirrels and large birds won't have access.
Its brown color fits right in.
It has a lip above the opening to keep out the rain.
Most of our bird boxes are built to be functional, but we do have a few that are purely decorative. We have very plain gourds scattered in trees throughout the woods. It's always fun to see which birds will be attracted to which of the houses. I don't really care if no one choose my new pottery one. It pleases me enough to look at it. Serving as a home for birds would be an added bonus.