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CREATING GOOD BLUEBIRD HABITAT
Bluebirds are wonderful birds to have around. They eat many insect pests considered damaging to our crops and gardens. Creating a yard with bluebird appeal is easy once you know the basics...
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- Bluebirds prefer to live in open grassy areas near a park, golf course, meadow, pasture or even a cemetery. Bluebirds eat large quantities of insects, in fact 60-80% of their diet is insects. They like to perch on fence posts or small trees and swoop down to eat insects on the grassy ground. Make sure you have an open, grassy area in your yard with perching space to attract them.
- Suspend your use of chemicals and pesticides. A chemical free yard has insects like beetles, grasshoppers and caterpillars that bluebirds love to eat. A backyard that offers natural populations of insects is a welcoming place for bluebirds.
- When it comes to attracting bluebirds, offering housing is the key. Bluebirds need to nest in a cavity, relying on natural tree cavities and old woodpecker holes in the wild. When natural nesting sites are scarce, bluebirds will readily use manmade bluebird houses built to correct dimensions. Mount your bluebird boxes on a fence post or pole, low to the ground no higher than 4-5'. Situate along woodland edges facing open land. Keep as far from human habitation as possible. Consider creating your own bluebird trail to help these beautiful birds out!
- Providing nesting materials is a strong factor in attracting nesting bluebirds since collecting nesting materials can take 100ís of trips. Bluebirds like soft grasses and fragrant pine needles as nesting material. Provide these nesting materials in a specially designed container, an empty suet cage, or simply gather bunches of material and situate in the bark of a tree.
- Bluebirds, like all insect eating birds, get thirsty! Offer plenty of water sources in your backyard habitat. Bluebirds can be drawn to a backyard birdbath or ground level water source with lots of nearby perching space.
- Plant scattered fruit and berry trees, mixed with open lawn and herbaceous flower beds to make an excellent habitat. Bluebirds enjoy the berries and fruits of wild grapes, currants, dogwood, red cedar, sumac, bayberry, Virginia creeper, deciduous hollies, blackberry, raspberry, juniper, pokeweed, mistletoe, blueberry, hackberry, euonymus and elderberry.
- Try offering chopped fruit, suet, berries and chopped peanut kernels in a special bluebird feeder or platform feeder.
- Mealworms are like filet mignon to bluebirds! Use a special bluebird feeder to offer them in.
- Learn more about bluebirds, see our books on bluebirds.