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House and Feeder Plans for the Birds of Blue

When bluebirds realize food is available, they will be there regularly. This is often true during bad weather. Known to prefer pleasant climates, they search for food in any condition and keep coming back when you have an appropriate supply.

Always keep snacks available in your home to put out at the right time. Suet Bird Feeder Plans lead to a great bluebird feeder with suet, one of their favorites. They are easy to please however, so just have a supply of berries, chopped peanuts, bread or cut up soft baked goods on hand when cold or bad weather is approaching. Put out some food early in the morning and wait for them to drop by. Don’t be surprised when you see bluebirds waiting for food before you supply your feeder. They get to know their feeding area and will wait patiently as if standing in line for their turn at a serving.

The good thing is that they are always well behaved. Just because they are aware the food will be there, they won’t be overly anxious. They don’t even interfere with other birds that want their turn at the feeding table. Instead of fighting over the available treats, bluebirds will fly off if another bird tries to fight. They will sit nearby patiently and take their share when the time comes.

If they get to know you, you could even have them eating out of your hand! Use the slow approach at first, however. Place food in open trays or feeders so they notice snacks are present. You can provide a roof covering later to protect the supply from weather elements. By this time, bluebirds know where to find the food. They usually remain tame and will get closer to you as you fill the feeder for mealtime. Stay quiet, clam and slow, though, if you want them to keep close by and remain on friendly terms.

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Bluebirds at a Basic Caged Suet Feeder

Bluebirds are also fun to watch when it comes to natural foods. They often eat insects and their perched posture usually means they are looking for their prey. Once spotting a bug on the ground, bluebirds will swoop down to catch their dinner before heading back to their original spot and enjoying the catch.

Solid food alone doesn’t satisfy your feathered friends. Always keep a good supply of water available for their drinking or bathing pleasure. The water also keeps them coming back for food and liquid delights.

Bluebirds are also easy to attract to your birdhouses. They love nesting in houses or in the natural holes of a nearby tree. Put up several bluebird boxes or houses because they often deal with competition from other birds seeking shelter. Bluebirds love warm, sheltered areas, which is why natural cavities make good homes. But boxes in your yard will help out.

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Bluebirds — Bringing the Rainbow Into Your Backyard

Bluebirds generally stand out with blue or blue and red plumage. Varieties include the eastern bluebird, western bluebird and mountain bluebird.

Eastern bluebirds have large, rounded heads with large eyes and plump bodies. Their posture appears alert with short and straight bills, a long wingspan and fairly short legs and tail. You will find them along meadows or in wide open areas surrounded by trees. Male eastern bluebirds are blessed with a beautiful deep blue color on the upper body with red coloring on the breast and throat. Males may look grayish brown from a distance. The blue in female eastern bluebirds concentrates on the wings and tail. They have an orange or brown breast.

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Western Bluebird — Male

Western bluebirds include the male with deep blue rusty and white colors that are often brighter than the female, which has more gray-brown and blue tinges. Rust orange colors extend from the vest to the breast and upper back on the male. The female has gray and orange colors on the breast and blue on the wings and tail. Males have a blue throat and females have gray. White colors usually appear on the lower belly. The birds perch upright with stocky features, but have thin straight bills and short tails.

The male mountain bluebird has brilliant sky blue colors on the body, head, wings and tail. Brighter colors may appear above with paler shades below. A brownish blue color may be noticed during winter. Female mountain bluebirds have a brownish-blue color with sky blue colors on the wings, rump and tail. Bluish gray may appear on the head and back. Reddish colors can cover the chest. Brownish colors also occur in females.

Western bluebirds may differ from eastern birds with a blue throat and rusty patch on the shoulder. The sky blue color of the mountain bluebird distinguishes it from other bluebirds. Mountain birds may be harder to find because they prefer the high elevation of the mountains. However, they will swoop down to lower elevations during wintertime when food becomes scarce.

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Mountain Bluebird — Male

Regardless of the location or type, bluebirds contain an attractive plumage that can at times be breathtakingly blue. The plumpness of their bodies often presents an appearance of being hunched when sitting down with their heads drawn into their shoulders. This is the way they sit in a lookout position when perched on a post or fence. You can often identify them in this stance even without seeing their colors. But when flying above or sitting close by, you cannot miss that unmistakably beautiful blue color aptly defining their name.

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Eastern Bluebird — Male

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Bring the Birds to You Without a Backyard

Tonight on our Facebook page were two inquiries requesting ideas.  The first one was easy, but this one made me think what it must be like when you’ve left another home and moved into the confines of an apartment with no backyard.  So for Stacy and all our other readers who might be in a similar situation, here are a couple of ways to keep the birds you love in your life.

For this quick post, Stacy has a patio, is lucky enough to be on the ground floor with a bush nearby, and has a sliding glass door through which she is able to watch the finches play in the lone bush off her patio.  These suggestions are just thoughts to give you ideas on what is out there.

This one is a little expensive, but it is guaranteed for 5 years, is on sale now, is squirrel proof, and when you move you can easily take it with you.  This is the Zenith Innovation 001 Effortless Bird Feeder with Baffle and can be found on Amazon.com.  Just click on the picture and off to Amazon you go to take a look at it.

Stacy is lucky enough to have access to the area just beyond her patio and may be able to get the step-on type of bird feeder pole which comes with places to hang from one to four different feeders.  Some of these step-on poles come with feeders, but most do not, in which case you must supply them and possibly hanging hooks too.

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Duncraft Cardinal Window Bird Feeder

One other idea I had was to place a window feeder which uses suction cups on the sliding glass doors.  The cardinals and jays in my backyard will come onto my back porch/patio and sit on my furniture and just stare at me while I sit in my kitchen.  If the your patio is otherwise quiet, its likely the birds will feed from such a feeder.  They are also quite inexpensive so little will be lost if that doesn’t work out.

Window bird feeders are really interesting, but there is one cautionary thought if you use them.  Remember, the birds can frequently not see the glass in the window or door.  The bird feeder will help, but if your windows are large or if you have sliding glasses doors, please use decals, curtains, or something on any large expanse of glass so the bird will see it before he flies into the glass and hurts or even kills himself.  See the post below on safety and window bird feeders.

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