Bluebirds and Their Boxes
Eastern Bluebirds and Nest Box Trails
This page is for all the bluebird lovers in the world. I've gathered some of the best pages about nest boxes and Eastern bluebirds as well as many links to videos and photos of these beautiful birds. There is even a link to a nest cam that I know you will enjoy.
Putting up a nest box designed to North American Bluebird Society standards in open fields or along the edges of open woodlands will help to ensure the proliferation of this lovely and useful avian species.
Female Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird Postage
A female Eastern Bluebird usually looks around to check for predators before entering the nest box. The male Eastern Bluebird often sits in a pine tree and sings a song as he watches over his mate who is nesting in the box.
All over North America individuals and groups are helping to save our beautiful bluebirds by simply erecting and monitoring nest boxes built especially for them. In fact some dedicated individuals monitor Bluebird trails that have hundreds of boxes.
Our trail is a small one by some standards, with only 25 bluebird size boxes and 3 which were built for Wood Ducks, but it is a successful trail. We don't have as many bluebird pairs as some, but there are many other cavity nesting birds that use the boxes on our trail. It's not uncommon in late spring and summer to have as many as 4 pairs of golden yellow Prothonotary Warblers raising their young in our boxes. They, too need housing to replace natural cavities which were destroyed by habitat loss.
Monitoring a bird box trail during breeding season is done on a weekly or biweekly basis. We keep records about the success of each pair. If you are interested in creating your own trail then you may want to stop by our Nest Box Trail page.
Bluebird Monitors Guide
If you'd like to learn more about building and maintaining a nest box trail, this book will help you.
Bluebird Monitor's Guide to Bluebirds
This is one of the best guides for nest box trail monitors that I have found. It covers all the bases including house dimensions, placement, predator guards, monitoring, the breeding cycle and more.
Nest Box Poll
Do you provide nest boxes for cavity nesting birds?
This video is a delight! It lets you glimpse into the nest box and observe the breeding cycle from egg to fledging. The author also includes much information about bluebird habits and food.
Bluebird Nest with Eggs and Babies
Here are some of the lovely bluebirds that have graced us with their presence through the years. We hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed taking them.
The male is the more colorful of the pair. In this shot, he sits atop a wood duck box near the one that he and his mate have claimed.
Proud Eastern Bluebird
The male locates prospective nest sites and shows them to the female. This box is located near a large Plum Delight by the pond. He calls and sings to females proclaiming the wonderful house that he has found.
The female makes the final decision. She inspects every inch, inside and out. The male goes in and out as if to coax her to take a look. If she accepts the house, she will begin bringing in nesting material while the male keeps an eye out for predators.
Depending on the weather and how early in spring it is, nest building may take a few days to a couple of weeks. Sometimes the pair just puts "claim straws" in the nest to put dibs on the house. Often the female will complete the nest, but delay laying until there are many insects in which to feed the young.
When egg laying begins, the female lays one egg each day usually from four to six days. She waits until the next to last egg is laid to begin incubating them. The chicks hatch after 12-14 days. The young fledge when they are 14-18 days old. The parents continue to feed the fledglings for several weeks.
For more information about bluebirds and birdhouses visit the North American Bluebird Society.
Bird Cams and Bluebirds
Links to Bird Cams
Live video from inside a Birdhouse in Parkton, Maryland. Active Bluebird nest. During the winter the view switches back and forth from feeders to the birdhouse.
- Cornell Lab Bird Cams
Cornell has many bird cams including feeders, eagle nest, great blue heron nest and owls.
- Bluebird Nest
Bluebird Nest observation will be available from spring to summer.
Building Bluebird Nestboxes
Much information about bluebird trails and houses is available on HubPages. Here are some of my favorite pages.
Beautiful Male Postage
More Info on HubPages
- How To Build a Bluebird House: Bluebird Nest Box Plans
DIY bluebird birdhouse plans with step-by-step instructions for building a bluebird nest box
- Birds That Nest in Boxes
Here you'll find photos and information about cavity nesting birds and animals including bluebirds, chickadees, wrens, Prothonotary warblers, woodpeckers, owls, wood ducks, and flying squirrels.
- Bluebirds ~ Pictures of Bluebirds~Bluebird Houses~Attracting Bluebirds
A pair of Eastern Bluebirds make their home in a backyard nesting box. Photos of bluebirds, bluebird nests and baby bluebirds included. Tips on attracting bluebirds to your backyard.
- Bluebird Feeder Plans: How to Make a Bluebird Feeder
DIY Plans with photos and step-by-step instructions for making a bluebird feeder. This feeder lets the bluebirds in, but keeps bigger birds out.