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EASTERN BLUEBIRDS - Species Profile

America’s favorite songbird! Easy to feed and attract to nestboxes. Very friendly little bird that eats insects in open grassland. Great in large lawns, pastures, golf courses, parks, etc.

HABITAT

Bluebirds flock in the winter and may sleep together in nest boxes or tree cavities on the coldest nights. Mild winters find flocks near their breeding sites, finding sluggish grasshoppers, berries and fruits on woodland edges.

NESTING

NESTBOX: 5"x5", 1 5/16" Hole
Bluebirds always have nesting on their minds...even warm February days bring them to the nestboxes, singing and waving their wings like it is spring! The best way to attract bluebirds is to supply ample housing for them in suitable locations.

Plan to monitor the box biweekly to remove predators (sparrows, starlings, snakes, etc.) and to enjoy watching the family grow. Mount the box on a metal pole (not trees or fence posts -- these allow predators easy access)

FOOD

Bluebirds love to eat insects and berries. If you want to feed them, try mealworms or plants with branches loaded with bright berries, such as bittersweet, dogwood, or winterberry holly.

WATER

Provide a water source close to the ground, but away from bushes that can hide predators such as cats. Have small trees close for easy lookouts and preening before and after their bath and water break.

COVER

Small bushes in the grassland provide cover from overhead hawks and other predators. Brushpiles are also handy for many small birds who must take cover from predators.

LOCATION

Bluebirds love open habitat, such as meadows with fences for perching, and scattered small shrubs.

INTERESTING TIDBITS

Bluebirds were nearly wiped out during the 1950s. Habitat destruction, pesticides and house sparrows and starlings decimated their natural habitat. "Bluebird Trails" have brought this charmer back! Today, the Easter, Western and Mountain Bluebirds are doing well...thanks to people who are providing habitat in our shrinking open spaces.

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