This is a guide to help people
find bluebird-related items online. I can't vouch for
what these folks have in stock, or for quality unless I have one
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an objective, educational resource, free of the influence of
advertising. The exception is items (books and Magic
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donated to a nonprofit bluebirding organization. Shop around - buying directly from the producer will usually save you money. State and national bluebird societies like NABSoften offer bluebird products at competitive prices, and your purchase helps them continue with their mission.
This webpage includes links
to some retailers from whom I've bought merchandise. I've also
corresponded with some of these suppliers. I'll admit that I have a personal bias towards small businesses that specialize in excellent craftsmanship and customer service, and are open to feedback. See Disclaimer. Comments
are my personal opinions. Caution:
Only order online if the website is secure. Not all websites linked
here are. Otherwise call or fax your order in.
Bluebird Book: The Complete Guide to Attracting Bluebirds (A
Stokes Backyard Nature Book) Donald
and Lillian Stokes. Also available from NABS
Bluebird: How You Can Help Its Fight for Survival, Larry Zeleny
Bluebird Monitor's Guide to Bluebirds and Other Small Cavity
Nesters, Cynthia Berger,
Keith Kridler, Jack Griggs. Also available from NABS
(Camp & Cottage Collection, 2. Wildlife), Steve Grooms,
Bluebirds and Their Survival, Wayne H. Davis,
Forever, Connie Toops. Also available from NABS
Bluebirds in My House: Bonnie and Ben, Arnette
trails: A guide to success, Edited by Dorene Scriven.
Also available from NABS
Eastern Bluebird (Wild Bird Guides), Gary Ritchison
Bluebirds More: A Special Publication from Bird Watcher's
Digest, Julie Zickefoose, Also available from NABS
Mountain Bluebird Trail
Monitoring Guide, Myrna
Pearman, available from NABS
Blue Sky Bluebird, Rich
Chrustowski (for children)
Deborah Hopkinson (for children)
Backyard Blues, 1991.
Fledglings feed at kitchen window and bathe. Bluebird orphans,
View Productions. 48 minutes.
Bluebird Basics, Getting
Started with Bluebirds,
by Don and Lillian Stokes. Useful for presentations to
schools or workshops. Covers all three
choosing the right bluebird nestbox; monitoring; dealing
with competitors and predators;
starting a bluebird trail; the importance of keeping
records and research; etc. Available from NABs for
12.00 or American
Bird Conservancy for
the Nestbox, by
Carolina Bluebird Society.
From actual nestbox cam footage. Interesting, fun for children (not much explanatory dialog.) May be purchased
online directly from The
North Carolina Bluebird Society as a VHS tape
or a DVD for $13.85, including shipping; quantity
discounts are available. Also available for a $20
donation to Cornell Nestbox
Cams. 15 minutes.
Bluebirds Up Close,
by Nature Science Network, Inc. 1990. Photography and
sound recordings; tips on building, placing, and maintaining
nestboxes; and guarding against predators, feeders, etc. Some mediocre footage. All ages except very
young. 50 minutes. Available used from null: Bluebirds Up Close. Nature Science Network/Audubon Society, 108 High Street,
Carraboro NC 27510.
Bluebird Trails: How to Start
and Maintain a Bluebird Trail. 1989.
Steps in managing a bluebird trail, practical
tips on how to deal with problems such as predators
and competitors. Birdseye
View Productions. 37 minutes.
Bluebirds in the Suburbs by
DG Pearse. $24 (includes shipping).
Lengthy, no narrative or music, only the sounds inside
the nestbox, with a guidebook of explanations. DG Pearse, 4497
Woodstream Drive Columbus, OH 43230-5128 (614) 478 5004
of Blue: the Story of the Eastern Bluebird.
1988. Courtship, nesting, and care of young, story
of bluebird conservation. Birdseye
View Productions, 1761 Country
Road H, Deer Park, Wisconsin 54007
(715) 248-7459. 30 minutes.
A Sam's Guide to Bluebirds.
DVD+CD. Guide to managing bluebird
house or trail, with species profiles, selecting a bluebird box,
mounting and predator control, care and management, making your
own bluebird box, photos and video of each species, plus 35 minute
video by Helen Johnson on Mountain Bluebirds. Retail 24.95 Available to TBS members and Anything
Birds-I-View - by Steve Garr, large flat roof and interior (9.25x9.5"), wire sides, velcro-ed dish that allows sifting out of mealworm bedding. Also sell a plexiglas sided feeder with roof and floor made of recycled plastic. Both are starling-proof.
Bluebird Nut - vinyl coated wire cages with removable cups, roof, designed for bluebirds (mealworms or suet), fast shipping. Starling proof, Mockingbird resistant. Designed to hang. Also Van Ert Luring Feeder.
Duncraft - Cage within a cage wire feeder with roof and floor. Good for suet cakes, easy to refill (roof lifts). Mealworms will escape. Pricey.
Drs. Foster and Smith - steel feeder that attaches to pole. If you use this style, only put enough mealworms (e.g., 5 or 10 per bird) to be eaten immediately to avoid attracting competitors/predators.
Andrew Troyer's: The Bird's Paradise, 20835 Morris Road,
Conneautville, PA 16406
Bird Company - sell Ultimate box - nice, but pricey (Western Red Cedar, both sides open, has plexiglass for viewing).
Nest - search for "Rubicon" to see boxes
made of recycled plastic - supposedly will last 100 years.
Birdhouse Chick - in Georgia. Bluebird houses, feeders, and bird baths, leaf misters. Also live worms limited to certain areas. overnight shipping for $9.95 for some areas. Note: Boxes that do not open for monitoring are NOT recommended by NABS.
Birding Depot - note: sells open top "Bauldry" boxes no longer recommended by NABS.
Bluebird Nut - Audubon, Rubicon, Coveside, Gilbertson, Gilwood, etc.
Eastern-bluebird.com (website down?): Al Drollett's Peterson boxes. Oval entrance, roof (holes pre-drilled) and sides of 1/2" high quality five ply exterior grade plywood, front and back 3/4" cedar, subroof and floor from fir. Kerfs inside, uses screws. Conduit clamp on back top for mounting. Nice quality.
Gilbertson (and traps) purchased directly from the designer. Steve is friendly and will gladly answer questions over the phone. Reasonable prices compared to other sources. Steve Gilbertson, 35900 Dove Street, Aitkin, MN 56431, (218) 927-1953. NOTE: Steve is no longer making Gilwoods. Bluebirds Across Nebraska makes a great quality, reasonably priced Gilwood box with a neat rubber hinge at the bottom of the door.
Homes for Bluebirds,
Inc. Nice looking boxes by Jack Finch. Fax/mail in order (can't order online.) Comes with metal hole guard. Made of solid wood; roof covered with aluminuml for durability.
Kentucky Four Seasons Bluebird Nestboxes - Bill Freels, (270) 443-7985, w.freels"at"worldnet.att.net, cooperating wtih Jackson Purchase Audubon Society. Profits donated to Jackon Purchase. $20.00. Solid construction, innovative bowed fiberglass roof, adjustable plexiglass vent covers.
New York Bluebird Society - click on "for sale" link.
Herman Bressler white pine bluebird nestbox (slightly larger than standard NABS box), oval or round hole.
Peterson boxes: Bill Moore firstname.lastname@example.org (612) 280-8655; cell (651) 439-6158; address 12990 Otchipwe Ave North Stillwater MN 55082. He makes boxes like Dave Ahlgren (his neighbor) did, but with the rough edges smoothed down.
Bird Homes Chalet nestbox plans, Gary Springer - may no longer be selling boxes - address is Box 523 Carnesville Georgia, 30521.
Woodpecker - Gregory Seaford, 5380
Goodman Lake Rd, Salisbury, NC 28146, (704)
636-6238, ghseaford"at"carolina.rr.com (replace "@" with "at"). Southern yellow
pine NABS style boxes. Nice to deal with,
fast shipment (no hidden charges),
willing to work with you want, will
paint/stain. Also available on e-Bay.
Call Dave at (800) 764-8688. Decent
set-up for less than $100 with a 50' wire that supplies power
and transmits the signal back to a TV or computer.
May not be infrared. (This info is from a Bluebird_L post)
Trap - was available from Jenna Bird, which has closed. Order directly from Mel Bolt (Traps)
at 1515 Crosswind Ct. Wooster, OH 44691. You can email him for information at mellen"at"sssnet.com (replace "at" with @).
Order 5 days ahead
of when you need them. In a pinch, you can buy small quantities of mealworms from a local pet or bait store, but prices will be much higher. Do select a supplier that offers a live delivery guarantee. The distance they have to ship may affect the price and survival. Shipping is expensive - sometimes more than the worms, so buy larger quantities instead of multiple shipments.
Birdhouse Chick - in Georgia. Live worms limited to certain areas. overnight shipping for $9.95 for some areas.
Camille's Vita-Mealies: (828) 260-2356 or email@example.com. Small business located in NC, mealworms fed organic wheat bran, soy protein, oyster shells (for calcium) and Hawaiian spirulina. No hormones, 3/4"-1" long. Shipped with a small bag of feed, and ice/heat packs as needed.
Very pricey, but shihpping is free and they offer discounts for NC and FL Bluebird Society members. I tried them - shipping was fast, and they were very plump and healthy, and providing nutritious feed was a bonus.
Flukers - (800) 735-8537. Annoying email subscription checked off box on every page - you need to keep unchecking it. Shipping is more expensive than the worms for up to 5,000.
GRUBCO phone or fax (800)
222-3563 (Ohio) - get at least medium size. Shipped in a box with a muslin bag with crumpled newspaper. Do not offer a live guarantee in summer months.
I've had good luck with them.
for NABS members for purchases from Sunshine and Natures Way)
Mealworms (800) 777-9676. Located in Compton, CA. My experience: generous quantity of healthy worms shipped in a muslin bag inside a box with holes. 15% DISCOUNT CODE: SIALIS15.
Red EarthWorms, San Lorenzo, California, 888-655-0055. Shipping included in price. Shipped in screen box packed loosely with paper to reduce loss from heat. No hormones on medium mealworms - hormones are used on giant and super mealworms. (Note: I have not peronally ordered from them, formerly named Rainbow Worms).) 12% Discount code for first time customers: NEW12
Food - Shipped in a box with screens on the side, and egg cartons inside (vs. newspaper.)
Nice worms, fast shipping, but their shipping cost is getting high.
Songbird Gardens - 417-538-2990 8-5 CST or email to have someone contact you. More expensive than some. Live guarantee available.
go for the
for 10% discount
Good Birding -
T-shirts, bookends, signs, flags, statues, garden stakes
Happiness Ornament By Willow Tree
- Willow Tree/Demdaco figurine (by Susan Lordi) of girl with bluebirds perched on arms - Christmas Tree ornament or free standing figurine (one of my personal favorites)
Singing plush Eastern Bluebird toy - Singing plush bluebird toy - also as MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD
Wine - "Duet" chardonnay by Hopkins Vineyard, with a bluebird singing to himself on the label
Wood Bird Online - lifesize, realistic basswood carving of bluebirds and other birds
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Smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see
Singing a song
Nothing but bluebirds
All day long
- Irving Berlin, Blue Skies, 1927
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