Our First Eastern Bluebirds!



We have our first Eastern Bluebirds!  We have 1 male and 1 female.  For the past couple of days they’ve been checking out the house I set up for them.

I sure hope they decide to use this house as their nesting space.  I was so excited about seeing the Bluebirds that I went out and bought a second house today as well.  It’s not as good as the main house I bought last year, but perhaps it will work.

I’ll be watching over the next few days to see if they investigate the second house as well.

Eastern Bluebird Checking Out The Scenery On Fence

Eastern Bluebird Checking Out The Scenery On Fence

Although we’ve seen both the male and female, it’s predominately been the male who makes his presence known.  He’ll sit on the fence, pounce down to the ground, fly up to the Maple tree, back over to the fence, then he’ll perch right on the house, or like in the picture below, really does investigate if this would make a good nesting spot.

Our First Eastern Bluebird Investigating His Potential New Home

Our First Eastern Bluebird Investigating His Potential New Home

So now some questions for the Bluebird experts out there.

1. Does the type of housing matter to the Bluebirds?  Obviously they seem to like the one above, but the other one I bought today was just from Lowes and says it’s for cavity nesting birds, like the Bluebird.

2. Do you typically try and feed the Bluebirds, or just let them find the food on their own?  I know they like meal worms, which I guess I can buy from the local pet store, but how do you feed them that stuff?  Are those funny looking “meal-like” worms in my compost bin actually meal worms, or probably something else?

Linda Rippert - I believe the “meal-like” worms in your compost are wireworms, which are the larvae of the click beetle. If you Google those terms, you can learn all about them.

I’m enjoying the pictures and comments on your website.February 28, 2011 – 8:04 am

texdr - You’re probably correct. One of these days I need to reach down in there and take a picture of those things.February 28, 2011 – 9:39 pm

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