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Bluebird At His Nesting Box

Bluebirds Love to Live Near Fields, Golf Courses, or Undeveloped Land

The easiest way to get the bluebirds to come to your back yard is very simple.  Live near open spaces and put up a nesting box for them.  Bluebirds like to live in hollow areas like hollows of a tree or the little birdhouse you built for them and attached to a tree near the open space in your backyard.

Needless to say, perfect hollows are not that common in trees, so a small nesting box will be found and appreciated by the bluebird.  One really good way to attract the bluebird is by attaching bluebird houses in the trees or mounting them on poles facing the trees about every one hundred feet.  Add to this an open tray feeder with some meal worms in the one location of your property where the best blue bird habitat with trees is located.

Bluebirds love a source of water too, like a bird bath or good sized container of water from which to drink.  In addition, trying to cover all bases, hang a suet feeder too.   Bluebirds do love suet feeders, and for good measure they love peanuts.  It is a really good idea to keep peanuts handy and fresh in your freezer if they happen into your yard unexpectedly.

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How To Build A Bluebird House

Bluebird houses are simple to build and make a great weekend project.  Place on a pole about four to six feet from the ground and facing a tree.   Separate additional bluebird houses by at least 100 feet because bluebirds can be very territorial.

Bluebirds are such wonderful backyard friends.  They are so tame at times, if you are patient, you can literally have them eating out of your hands.  You can keep the party going too, especially if you will clean the box well right after you see the young have left.

If you do this, there is a very good chance the adult birds will have a second and maybe even a third brood of birds before the season is over   For me at least, there could never be enough bluebirds in my backyard.

Remember to give them a house and they will make it a home.  If you’ll have it ready by early March, they will come.  You should watch carefully though to keep certain pesky birds and other animals out of the empty box before the bluebirds find it.

Squirrels may even take it over and enlarge the hole by gnawing the wood.  Run the squirrel out and replace the front board with a fresh board with an opening the right size for the bluebird.  The size of the opening is critical as to what kind of bird will use the box.  Watch too for wasps.  If you find them, spray them and remove their nest and clean any debris out of the house.  Be aware that other birds might get into the house too.   Woodpeckers, like squirrels may enlarge the hole, and sparrows just take over.  If sparrows get in, clean out any nest they made and stuff the hole up until you are sure they are gone.

As you can see from the picture, this is a simple woodworking project.  It is merely a wooden box with a backing hearty enough to attach to a pole or tree.  You probably have the scrap wood in your garage to make one.  However, you will need some kind of plans to make that happen.  Personally, I have used the plans found in the package set of plans produced by Ted’s Woodworking Plans.  There are literally thousands of choices, and when you graduate from birdhouses and bird feeders you can make Adirondack chairs, furniture, shelves, toys….  you name it.

 

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