Here’s a quick guide to identifying the nests of some of the most likely species you’ll find in your bluebird nest box: Bluebirds: cup nest made of fine grasses and sometimes pine needles; eggs pale blue (rarely pure white.) Tree swallow: cup nest of dried grass, always lined with feathers; eggs pure white. House wren: […]
A number of good designs are available, but remember that you must be able to open the box for routine nest checks and maintenance. If you’re building your own, check with the North American Bluebird Society, for dimensions, and be sure to use a durable wood, such as cedar.
Bluebirds prefer open to semi-open areas. They feed mainly on insects, often watching from a low perch and then fluttering down to take bugs from the ground. A wide expanse of open, chemical-free lawn provides ideal habitat. A very small yard or one with little or no open space will probably not be suitable for […]
Bluebirds prefer open areas with low grass and perches from which they can hunt insects. Dead trees provide important nesting and roosting sites for bluebirds and a whole host of other cavity-nesting birds. Leave dead trees standing (or leave dead limbs on live trees) when it’s safe to do so. In winter, bluebirds add berries […]
Birds use native grasses for nesting material and cover. Prairie Dropseed, Sporobolus heterolepsis Switchgrass, Panicum virgatum. Two nice cultivars of Switchgrass are: Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ and Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’. Little Blue Stem. Schizachyrium scoparium Indian Grass, Sorghastrum nutans Muhly Grass, Muhlenbergia capillaris