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Bluebird Houses

Depending on where you live in the United States, you may be fortunate enough to see one or more of the three types of Bluebirds: Eastern, Western, and Mountain.  In general, bluebird populations declined dramatically in the early and mid-twentieth century for a number of reasons including the introduction of House Sparrows and European Starlings which took over Bluebird nest holes.  Urban sprawl and resulting habitat destruction also contributed to bluebird population declines.  Fortunately, there is a solution!  Adding a bluebird house to your yard or garden is an easy step that you can take to make sure the bluebird population continues to recover and thrive.  Bluebirds often perch on power lines and swoop down to pick crawling insects off the ground, so they especially like wide open areas with relatively small amount of ground cover and minimal trees.  If you are fortunate enough to live in this type of area, the following specifics can be used to have the best chance that a bluebird will use your nesting box.

 First, mount your bluebird nesting box on its own dedicated pole, away from feeders and bird baths.  The nesting box should be approximately five feet from the ground, and the hole should be facing the opposite direction from the prevailing wind.  Placing the nesting box separated from (but near) a power line or small grove of trees will give the bluebirds a place to perch and watch for insects.  To prevent predators like squirrels, raccoons, and snakes from disturbing your bluebird nesting box, we recommend using a large dome baffle above the feeder, as well as reinforcing the entry hole with a metal portal protector.  Bluebirds like their space, so if you are able, mount bluebird nesting boxes approximately 150 yards apart.  Also be aware that it may take several years for bluebirds to find your nesting box, so be patient.

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