Bluebird nesting season is just beginning!
Are you ready?
These beautiful, insect-eating birds are making a wonderful comeback after many years of decline. So why not try to get in on the action!
Get your nest boxes ready – now!!
That means clean them! No more procrastinating. You know who you are! Take out last year’s nest debris. Remember, no self-respecting female Bluebird wants to start a new family in an old nest!
Yes, I know, not all of us have the right habitat to host Eastern Bluebirds. That includes me!! Even though I am jealous of all you who share your success stories with me every year, I’ll still post some helpful hints for those of you who are just starting!
- Bluebirds prefer open areas to nest. Wooded yards, not so much – unless you also have an open area and you have seen them on your property, you could be successful.
- We always recommend Bluebird Houses be positioned on poles with predator baffles. This offers the best protection against snakes and other evil-doers.
- Monitor your boxes to keep House Sparrows out. They love Bluebird Houses too, and if you allow them to proliferate, you will never have success. Not to be Debi-Downer, but seriously, these non-native birds can be a real buzz-kill.
As a founding board member of The Maryland Bluebird Society, I encourage you to join at www.mdbluebirdsociety.org. You will find lots of support and great information from these dedicated and knowledegable birders.
And don’t forget, we are always available to help too! We promise we won’t let our envy stop us from helping you get the best Sparrow-resistant nest boxes, poles, baffles, books and advice!
Sincerely, we do love hearing your success stories and seeing photos. Feel free to share with us and the community on Facebook.
So like our beloved Bluebirds, get on it guys and let us now how you do!!