BLUEBIRDS in SEARCH of an NEST BOX

March 9, 2020

Eastern blue birds are a grand prize of any backyard bird-feeding frenzy and  aviary  homes!  So put out the word that  I would gladly buy  any special request foods ( meal worms), provide shelter  and protection (from squirrels,  raccoons and snakes)  plus happily  monitor their broods if they would choose my backyard  BB nest box.  I have had a BB nest box up for 5 years but it has only been this past year that I have had blue birds visit  and show some interest.  A couple weekends ago these  2 males and 1 female blue bird came to check out my  newly purchased and mounted BB box.  It was  move in ready until a squirrel  decided to chew  the entrance larger.  I was slow to made repairs and it may have cost me  new residents that didn’t want a fixer upper.   After the blue birds left,  a new door was quickly installed with the appropriate  hole size of 1 and 1/2 inches and a metal  hole guard  was installed around the hole  to discourage any future  ” chewers”.  I will never hang a nest box again with a hole guard.

Blue birds are known to begin  nesting as early as February.

While checking out the box, there appeared to be a  brief squabble.  I assumed it was over the female and who would win her over.

In the end, it  would seem that the female rejected them both.  Once again, my nest  box is still on the market.

This adorable blue bird fledgling came to my feeder early last September.

Blue birds don’t normally  frequent feeders, especially if the feeders are crowded.  But offering meal worms (preferably  live worms rather than  dried ones) can change their minds – especially if there are  babies  still in the nest or fledglings that need to be fed.  Clean water in a shallow bird bath will also attract blue birds.

In March of last year this female  came to my black oiled sunflowers seeds.

While I always enjoy blue bird visitors, I also  hold out hope my BB box will not sit empty again this spring.

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BACKYARD BLUE BIRDS !!!

June 12, 2019

For  5 glorious  days I had an eastern  bluebird pair  perching  about  my backyard and checking out my bluebird house.  I understand it is not always easy picking out a new home  and in the end, to my great disappointment,  they  moved on.    These  bluebirds  were the first  in my yard since I moved into this house  6 years ago so it was quite a treat.

In the past my bluebird house has always had Eurasian Sparrows as  residents,  and although the  sparrows  still come to my feeders, they did not move back into the house.  That along with  the bluebird rejection, I am  looking  into an upgrade.   While looking online, I have noticed many manufactures do not go by the specified house size and hole size that works best for attracting  certain birds.  So if you are trying to attract a certain bird, make sure you are investing in the correct size for the bird residents that you want.  It also always nice if you can easily open the box  to clean it out before  each  spring and your  new home hunters.

male eastern bluebird

the male trying to spruce up the place

water is a good way to attract birds into your yard

this is the female blue bird

female blue bird

“Until your spread your wings, you have no idea how far you can fly.”    Napoleon

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