Bluebird House Help!!!

jibd(6)August 27, 2010

Hi all,

For the past two years, we have put out a bird house in the hopes of attracting bluebirds to our yard. We know they nest in the neighborhood every year, as we see at least one pair and eventually young 'uns in neighboring yards, and sometimes our own. It seems like the perfect scenario to have nesting bluebirds: until the house sparrows enter the scene (dun dun dun). Each year, they commandeer the house, claiming it as their own, and, on the two occasions other birds have investigated the house (a pair of titmice and a pair of bluebirds) they have been chased out. So, this spring we will put out the house in February (two months earlier than we had been) and put it on a pole in an open area (it had been hooked on a tree). Another problem could be the design. I believe the hole may be too large for bluebirds (but I can't remember the size lol), although I would think they'd prefer the same size or larger as house sparrows, and I have heard that flat ceilings and smaller interiors discourage house sparrows. If anyone has had success with particular sizes, designs, or locations, any help would be greatly appreciated!

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lisa11310(z5 MI)

The answers to all your questions can be found at the www.sialis.org website. It will cover everything from dealing with HOSPs to nest box designs. It really is a "must read" if you want to have Blues.You will not believe how much you need to know to provide safe housing. You can also join the Blue Bird forum (I have been there 7 years)there are always folks there to help. Prepare to become addicted! : )

    Bookmark   August 28, 2010 at 1:53PM
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jibd(6)

lol knowing me I will be! Thanks lisa!

    Bookmark   August 28, 2010 at 11:03PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Sometimes you have to evict the sparrows, by tossing their eggs out until they give up (which can take awhile). some people find that offensive....but if you want bluebirds, it has to be done.
And I would get a raccoon baffle on the pole you're going to put up.
I've had other birds attack and kill the baby bluebirds too........so it can be a challenge protecting them. Good luck!

    Bookmark   August 30, 2010 at 11:29AM
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defrost49

I dropped in here for the first time because of our wonderful bluebird summer. We have open meadows and although I wanted DH to put up some birdhouses specifically for bluebirds, he didn't get around to it. They must be nesting in old woodpecker holes in the woods. We had a very dry summer so the birds discovered my shallow granite bird bath next to the stone wall and bushes at the edge of the lawn. The side benefit to my vegetable garden was the bluebirds and phoebes loved the metal fencing (old concrete reinforcing panels) I used for sugar snap peas. They perch and watch for a tasty insect. I also planted spreading cotoneaster and a viburnum shrub next the the kitchen window and walkway. The contoneaster is loaded with berries and I wondered why nothing seemed to be eating the berries. I wondered too soon. This morning my husband called me to the window to see our bluebird family feasting on the berries. What a delight.

Thanks for posting about the bluebird forum. I'll have to find it. I think the water, shrubs plus fencing helps attract the birds to our yard. We have other wild shrubs around that have berries so they might be eating those, too.

I still want some bluebird houses.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2010 at 9:37AM
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