Few things are more exciting in a birders world than having beautiful Eastern Bluebirds in your yard. So a frequent question we hear at the store is "How do I Attract Bluebirds?"
- Install a Bluebird Nesting Box in your back yard. Ideally facing Southeast away from prevailing wind and weather. The better boxes will have brass hinges, predator guards, and elevated mesh floor to protect the chicks from blowflies. The best boxes are made of cedar or recycled plastic.
- Place the box in an open area five to six feet off the ground. Please mount on a pole or 4x4 post with baffles to protect against predators. Resist the urge to mount the box on a tree or fence post. You'll save their lives.
- Provide food such as meal worms, suet balls or seed consisting all or in part of sunflower chips.
- Water in the form of a small pond or bird bath.
Now you too can make a contribution to conserving these beautiful birds by putting up nest boxes in an appropriate habitat. The key to attracting Eastern Bluebirds to nest in your yard is to have plenty of potential nesting locations, food and water. Bluebirds do prefer more open area so if your yard is heavily wooded you'll enjoy many other nesting birds, but probably not bluebirds. The female will lay four to five light blue eggs that will take thirteen to fifteen days to hatch. The male brings food to his mate and the young during the critical first few days of feeding. They act like tiny hawks, in their slumped hunting position, waiting patiently for an insect or beetle to show itself. It then pounces on it and brings the food back to the nest.
Watch this great video of our own Bluebirds feeding their young. You'll see both Mom and Dad flying in and out of the nesting box feeding the babies. You'll see Mom with several worms in her mouth. These are meal worms that we provide and sell at the store. Meal worms are a great source of protein for adults and young birds. Well sell them live or freeze dried. We think they prefer the live worms but some folks say their Bluebirds love the dries worms as well.
Here are some great stats for you. Nest Building takes 1-6 days. Egg laying takes 5-7 days. Incubation for the Eastern Bluebird takes 12-14 days. Fledging occurs in the 16-21 day range.