Bluebirds

This morning, a pair of bluebirds perched on my golden Chaemaecyparis, brightening an otherwise dreary day (blogger’s note – I often write articles ahead of the posted date. Your weather may vary.) Bluebirds’ first nesting cycle typically occurs during April and May here in NC, depending on our weather conditions. If bluebirds have chosen a site in your yard, you may already have young birds as neighbors. Bluebirds can have two to three nesting cycles in a year.

Here are some ways to attract bluebirds.

  • Provide Housing: Bluebirds prefer boxes with an entrance diameter of 1 1/2 inches. Site bluebird boxes in an open area of your yard, on a pole with a baffle to deter predators. Facing the opening in a southeastern direction is preferred. Although you can add bluebird boxes to your yard at any time, having them in place by February will increase the chances of your box being chosen. Bluebirds prefer good landlords, so cleaning the boxes after the nesting season is beneficial. Monitor your boxes during nesting season as well.
  • Provide Food Sources: Bluebirds prefer insects, but also eat berries. You can provide food, especially in fall and winter, by planting berry-producing trees and shrubs. Dogwoods are a favorite. A list of plant choices can be found here. Raisins, currants, and mealworms can be placed in a feeder during winter months
  • Provide Fresh Water: You know you want another cute birdbath. Here’s an excuse.

For more information: http://www.ncbluebird.org/

-Ann Barnes

 

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