The hubby and I have been making a concerted effort to make our yard a more welcoming place for the birds in the area. I wrote about the bird feeders we have put up for the blue jays and woodpeckers. Next we have set about installing birdhouses and a feeder for the bluebirds that will be arriving soon. I really enjoy seeing those bright flashes of blue fly by; I know that when I see the bluebirds that spring can’t be far behind. I will share with you what we bought which will help you attract bluebirds to your yard.
How to Attract Bluebirds to Your Yard
Bluebirds like open spaces with a few trees around but not heavily wooded areas. They love to have dead trees available so they can nest in holes and perch on the branches to look for food. Bluebirds mostly eat bugs and berries so having wild shrubs and grasses around makes for ideal habitat.
It’s also good to offer them a birdbath if you can. It provides them with a source of water and a place to splash around in the heat of the day. If you live near a pond or other water source even better.
The Three Types of Bluebirds
There are three distinct bluebirds; the Eastern, the Western, and the Mountain. Guess where you find each one? In all seriousness they all do have different ranges for winter, summer and breeding. Here in my little corner of Montana I mostly see Western bluebirds but the Mountain bluebird does also breed here. The Eastern bluebird doesn’t range this far. For more information on the different bluebirds and their ranges you can check out the links below:
Bluebird Nest Boxes
You want to install quality nest boxes to attract bluebirds. It should be easy to access so you can clean it out each year. It’s also important that the opening be no larger than 1 1/2″ or it will be taken over by starlings. That’s not to say that you might not have another type of bird move into your house anyway; this type of nest box is also attractive to smaller woodpeckers, nuthatches, swallows and some other small birds. Some of those birds prefer a more wooded environment but any port in a storm, right?
What Food to Have Available to Attract Bluebirds
Bluebirds love mealworms.
Not my choice of snax but I am not a bird. We put a feeder on the end of the deck and it holds nothing but mealworms. For now they are dried. As summer comes on the hubby said he might put live ones in there. All I have to say to that is yuck. But I guess if it keeps the bluebirds happy….
Our yard is always pretty popular with the bluebirds because of the garden. They perch on the fence and watch for bugs. It’s a good idea if you are looking to attract birds that you don’t use pesticides in your garden. They do make excellent pest control!
Are You Ready to Attract Bluebirds to Your Yard?
I can tell you that they are a joy to watch. I can stand in the yard and just wait for the flits of blue to go zipping this way and that. I look for that first flash right after I see the initial robin of spring. The robins always come first, then the bluebirds. Sometimes the predictability of nature is so comforting.
This year I have something extra to look forward to as we have two nest boxes up and the feeder so hopefully we will be seeing even more of the bluebirds.
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