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Nesting Habits of the Bluebird

Bluebirds typically nest in one of two places: tree cavities of live or dead trees and nest boxes. Amazingly, the installation of nest boxes helped once-declining Bluebird populations to recover. As a result, Bluebirds are no longer at risk of being an endangered species.

If you’re considering adding a nest box to your yard to attract these gentle birds, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Choose or build a box that features a snug interior, but a fairly large entrance hole.
  2. Provide several nest boxes, spaced at least a few feet apart, to avoid competition.
  3. Position the entrance of the nest box to face towards open areas such as sparse woodlands and grassy areas.
  4. After you notice a brood has left the nest, empty the nest box so bluebirds can build a new nest and use it for a second brood.
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