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Brown Bluebird

Not all bluebird eggs are blue, not all blue birds are bluebirds, and not all bluebirds are blue! Bluebird trail monitor Judy Jones came across...

Video: House Sparrow Removes Egg

Lisa Anderson Lantz captured this video of a male House Sparrow pecking and removing an egg from a Purple Martin nest.  The male has...

Featured Articles

You know you’re a bluebirder when…

You consider bluebirds the true harbingers of spring.  (Forget about robins!) The first egg of the year always brings a smile to your face. You watch...

Cooperative Breeding and/or Care by the Same or Different Species

CONSPECIFIC (or Intraspecific): Bluebird juveniles or adults may help other breeding bluebirds feed nestlings, remove fecal sacs, defend the nest, etc. See video. This is...

All About Lucy’s Warblers (Leiothlypis luciae) (LUWA)

Contents: Species, Interesting Facts, Identification, Song, Distribution, Preferred Nesting Habitat, Diet, Nesting Behavior, Nestboxes, Nestbox Location, Recommended Distance Between Nestboxes, Monitoring, Nesting Timetable, Longevity,...

Hunting behavior of EABL

A 1973 study of Eastern Bluebird hunting behavior in Ohio had some interesting observations. Bluebirds like to hunt in areas with mowed grass. ...

Bluebird Basics

Bluebirding Basics

Basics to get you started, including how to recognize nests and eggs, do's and don'ts, and links to more resources

Resources & Links

Adapted from the list posted years ago by Chris (GandiC) on the Nature.net/Garden Web Bluebirding Forum. I am always verifying and adding to...

Wildlife Rehabilitation and Emergency Baby Bird Care

If you find an orphaned or injured bird, do not try to care for it yourself- it is illegal and you will probably end...

Tips & Tricks to Attract Bluebirds

"I want bluebirds!" If they are in your area, but aren't coming to your yard or nestboxes, here are some demonstrated and experimental approaches...

Bird Bios

All about Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) (EABL)

Contents: Species, Interesting Facts, Identification, Song, Distribution, Preferred Nesting Habitat, Diet, Nesting Behavior, Nestboxes, Nestbox Location, Recommended Distance Between Nestboxes, Monitoring, Nesting Timetable, Longevity,...

All About Mountain Bluebirds (Sialia currucoides) (MOBL)

Contents: Species, Interesting Facts, Identification, Song, Distribution, Preferred Nesting Habitat, Diet, Nesting Behavior, Nestboxes, Nestbox Location, Recommended Distance Between Nestboxes, Monitoring, Nesting Timetable, Longevity,...

All about Western Bluebirds (Sialia mexicana) (WEBL)

Contents: Species, Interesting Facts, Identification, Song, Distribution, Preferred Nesting Habitat, Diet, Nesting Behavior, Nestboxes, Nestbox Location, Recommended Distance Between Nestboxes, Monitoring, Nesting Timetable, Longevity,...

All About Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) (TRES)

Contents: Identification, Interesting Facts, Distribution, Diet, Nesting Behavior, Offering Feathers, Nestboxes, Monitoring, Nesting Timetable, Deterring TRES, and More Info. Also see Photos of nests,...

Egg & Nest Identification

How to tell who is nesting in your birdhouse...

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to your burning questions about birds that use birdhouses or creatures that cause problems...

Bluebird Fact Sheets & Nestbox Plans

Visit the North American Bluebird Society (NABS) to learn more!

Feeding

Diet – What do bluebirds eat?

Also see Planting for Bluebirds | Suet Recipes | Feeding Mealworms | Supplementing Calcium What bluebirds eat depends in part on what is available....

Feeding Mealworms to Bluebirds

Also see Raising Mealworms | Landscaping for Bluebirds | Feeding Suet Quick tips: Buy mealworms online for the best price, train bluebirds to come to...

Monitoring

Monitoring Nestboxes (Why & How)

QUICK TIPS: During nesting season (March through August), quickly, quietly and carefully check on nestboxes once or twice a week in the afternoon so...

Cleaning out nestboxes

Quick Tips: Clean out nestboxes as soon as the baby birds fledge, or at a minimum at the end of the nesting season. Never...

Do no harm – the Art of Bluebirding

"Life is short, and the Art long; the occasion fleeting; experience fallacious, and judgment difficult." Even though Hippocrates uttered these words more than 2500...

House Sparrows

All About House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) (HOSP) – biology

Contents: Species, Identification, Song, Distribution, Diet, Nesting Behavior, Nestboxes, Monitoring, Nesting Timetable, More Info, and Video Clip of HOSP Attack. Note: the primary focus of...

Managing House Sparrows (Control)

"Without question, the most deplorable event in the history of American ornithology was the introduction of the English Sparrow." -W.L. Dawson, The Birds of Ohio, 1903 Warning:...

House Sparrow Trap Reviews

Review of House Sparrow (HOSP) Traps By Paula Ziebarth (with comments by Bet Zimmerman Smith) QUICK TIPS: There are two main kinds of traps: in-box traps...

Sparrow Spookers: Designs & Instructions

QUICK TIP: Make a spooker so strips of mylar will flutter over the top of the nestbox (Design #2 or #4 recommended). Install the...

Other Brown Birds

Some brown birds commonly confused with male or female House Sparrows include: American Tree Sparrow, Carolina Wren, Cassin's Finch, Chipping Sparrow, Cowbird, House Wren,...

Nestboxes

Nestbox specifications (floor size, depth, height, width, entrance hole for birdhouses)

One excellent way to help native cavity-nesting birds survive and thrive is to put up a nestbox(es). If are going to make or purchase...

Nestbox Styles: Pros and Cons

THIS PAGE IS EVOLVING. INPUT DESIRED! Need plan links for some. Need floor dimensions and hole-to-floor depth! More pictures/drawings would be good - but I...

Hole Reducers/Restrictors/Guards

Hole restrictors (also called Hole Reducers, "Squirrel Tooth Benders," Portals or Hole Guards) are used on nestboxes for five purposes: to keep critters like...

Problems & Solutions

Predator/Problem Identification and Solutions

What Happened? See Guides organized either by Clue, or by Culprit with Solutions. Also see Predator Baffle and Battle Photos. Also see Comparing Pros...

Cats and Bluebirds

Quick Tips: We all know cats kill birds. To prevent cats from preying on eggs/nestlings, keep cats indoors, use a hanging nestbox, a predator...

House Wrens – Discouraging, Wren Guards

QUICK TIPS: Put nestboxes at least 50 and preferably 200-300 feet away from brushy and heavily wooded areas, especially away from areas House Wrens have used in the...

Nest Change How To

QUICK TIPS: Replace a wet or blow fly infested nest by forming a new, cup-shaped nest out of long pieces of DRY grass (not...

Bluebird Widows, Widowers & Orphaned Nestlings

QUICK TIPS: If one or both parents are definitely lost during nesting, monitor closely, provide supplemental food. In an emergency, contact a wildlife rehabber...

Resources

Join the North American Bluebird Society

Your annual membership in NABS helps to support bluebird conservation, research and education.

State Bluebird Societies

Your annual membership in NABS helps to support bluebird conservation, research and education.

Links & Resources

Links to Stuff. You should check it out!

Bluebird Books

Read these books to get more smarter and learned about bluebirds and stuff!