to Mount the House
of the House
March return of the Eastern Bluebird is
a true sign that spring has arrived.
If you live near a field, or any open area
including yards, roadsides and even cemeteries,
which contains a mix of open spaces and
trees, you have a very good chance of attracting
a nesting pair to your property.
Bluebirds originally nested in tree cavities,
but suburban growth has dictated the removal
of "snags" or dead-limb trees,
reducing native nesting habitat.
Seasons recommends and sells Peterson-style
Bluebird Houses. The original design was by Minnesotan
Dick Peterson, an active proponent of the Bluebird Recovery
Project, which at one point was the country's largest statewide
organization for bluebirds.
the house 4-6 feet above the ground, ideally on a post near
a small tree, wire fence or fence post (within 100 feet)
providing a nice perching site for the initial flight of
the fledglings. The entry should face east or northeast,
providing shelter from north- and south-western storm fronts,
and the hot midday sun.
may want to also consider using a predator
guard for your house. Many people
use a cylindrical screen around the house's
opening to restrict larger birds and squirrels
from trying to enter. All Seasons
also offers predator guards for the pole;
preventing raccoons from scaling the post
in search of eggs.
are territorial and generally will not nest
closer than 100 yards to other bluebirds.
For the best results, mount pairs of houses
10 to 25 feet apart. Sometimes tree
swallows will fight bluebirds
so vigorously for a house that you might
need to mount the houses back-to-back on
the same pole. Keep the nest box pairs
at least 100 yards apart to
encourage more bluebirds to nest.
Bluebirds are primarily insectivores, ingesting
spiders, mealworms, millipedes, caterpillars
and other delectable lawn bugs. It
is vital to the ongoing health of the bluebird
population to provide a pesticide- or chemical-free
the early spring and late fall, when insects
are less plentiful, the bluebirds will dine
on sumac seeds and honeysuckle, as well
as several types of berries and grapes.
They also have been attracted to feeders
using nut meats, suet and raisins.
people have success attracting bluebirds to specific insectivore
Seasons offers several types of feeders, and in our stores
we sell the mealworms to use in them. (Sorry,
haven't figured out how to ship these yet, but we're working
to learn more?
more information on the Eastern Bluebird, visit the North
American Bluebird Society.