A bluebird box is perhaps the easiest and most rewarding way to do something good for the environment. – Michigan Bluebird Society
Livin’ is easy for bluebirds in the fall, especially mild ones like we are experiencing. Food is plentiful and allows the birds to recover from the rigors of raising two or three broods. Fall is also an excellent time to erect a bluebird box or
Daddy singing in the yard.
make repairs and clean out your current one. Generally bluebirds won’t nest within a hundred yards or so from another pair, so it’s not a good idea to try to attract more than one pair. The males are very territorial.
Young bluebirds and mature ones scout for nesting cavities in fall and winter, so it’s better to put up a box in the fall than wait until spring nesting season to attempt to attract bluebirds to your yard. Daddy II and his new mate Mama III continue to visit the yard daily and check on their box. Sometimes there will be other bluebirds with them, I suspect some of Daddy’s offspring from this past summer. Come next spring, he will drive them from his territory. Mama is getting used to me, doesn’t immediately fly away
Photo: Mama on patio chair. Click to enlarge.
when I walk out like she originally did and she takes mealworms from the feeder. It’s so good to have bluebirds back in the yard, after Mama II’s death and Daddy going AWOL for awhile.
You can read North American Bluebird Society’s fact sheet for nestboxes if you are thinking about putting up one. http://www.nabluebirdsociety.org/PDF/FAQ/NABS%20factsheet%20-%20Nestbox%20Recs%20-%2010Sep12.pdf
One good tip is to take a bar of soap and liberally coat the ceiling in the box. This will prevent wasps from attaching a nest. It’s never a good surprise to open a box to check for signs of nesting and discover a large wasp nest.