Bluebirds Building Nest

May 27, 2014

male and female bluebirds

Yesterday morning just before the sun came up I started watching these bluebirds building a nest. I watched them for about an hour and took nearly 100 pictures. These pictures were taken thru the window glass so they are not as clear as I would like them to be. I was afraid raising the window would scare them away.

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The female was gathering the nesting material and would fly back and perch a minute before entering into the house. Sometimes the female would hand off to the male nesting material and he would go inside.

beautiful-female-bluebird

Most of the time she was gathering and handling all the nesting materials herself. About every five minutes she would fly out of the house to gather more material, fly back and start all over again.

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It seem like she would gather more pine needles than grass for the nest. On the above shot she couldn’t hardly get all of the material into the house.

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Another beak full!

bluebirds-perched

This is the second clutch or brood of the year for these bluebirds in this house and it is the fourth year that I have had bluebirds in this bluebird house.  Last year I count 4 different broods in this bluebird house. They will usually lay 4 to 7 eggs the first brood but average is 4 to 5 eggs and toward the end of the season they will only lay 1, 2 or 3 eggs.

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The male has the striking blue color!

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female-bluebird-going-into-box

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I really enjoyed watching them build their nest and got some great pictures! I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!

Do you have a bluebird house? Have you had bluebird nest in your house this year?

2013 Bluebird post:
It’s Bluebird Nesting Time Again
Bluebirds Eating Mealworms
Bluebirds and Mealworm Feeder

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Bluebirds and Mealworms

It’s been more than a month now that I have been feeding mealworms to the bluebirds. At first it took me about a week to get them to the mealworm feeder. Initially I was using a tuna can on a small platform mounted on the side of my bluebird house post. Since then I have purchased a nice bluebird mealworm feeder from Birds Unlimited. This feeder is really nice, it has holes in the bottom of the cups to let water drain and it has a cover to keep out the sun and rain.

bluebird mealworm feeder

There are many other birds that are attracted to eating mealworms, they include, Robins, Wrens, Chickadees, Catbirds, Grackles, Woodpeckers, Grosbeakks, Sparrows, Brown Trhushers, Mockingbirds, Warblers, Finches, Orioles, Cardinals, Blackbirds and Nuthatches. There could be a few I missed.

Mealworms are available live and dried. I have been using live mealworms that I purchase from our local pet store. As you use more and more it can get expensive. After researching, I have now started raising my own mealworms and will plan on writing a blog on this later.

mealworm container from pet store

Last week I started moving the mealworm feeder pole closer and closer to the house two foot at at time. I am hoping to get the feeder in range for me to take some really nice pictures from the house.

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Bluebird House GIVE-AWAY

I am hosting a Bluebird House Give-Away! The lucky winner will receive one of my unique handcrafted large Bluebird Houses.

male bluebird eating mealworms

Wouldn’t you love to have one of my Bluebird Houses in your garden? Your Bluebirds are sure to love it!

Here is how to enter:

One entry per person unless you also complete #4 and #5.

1 – Make a comment on this post about my handcrafted Bluebird House!

2 – Become a follower of Michael’s Woodcraft and Blog.

3 – Like Michael’s Woodcraft and Blog.

4 – If you would like multiple chances to win, your name will go into the drawing two more times if you post about the Give-Away and link back here to this post. Then post another comment letting me know the link where you  posted.

5 – If you purchase a cutting board, any size, your name will be entered two more times.

6 – If you are the winner, post on your blog you won with a picture of the Bluebird House and link back to my site. It would also be nice to get pictures from you of the Bluebird House in your garden.

The winner will be drawn randomly and will be announce on Monday, September 16th. The Bluebird House can only be shipped to a street address, we can not ship to a P. O. Box.

It’s important that I have a way to contact you by email, as I would hate for anyone to lose out because I couldn’t notify them. If your email address is not available on your own blog then please include it in your comments.

Bluebird House Give-Away is only open to residence of the United States lower 48 states.

I hope you win, Good Luck everyone!

rustic bluebird houses on front porch as decoration painted blue with tin roof

Learn more about my unique Garden Bluebird Houses.

Bluebirds and Bird Houses

beautiful bluebird perched on deck

Don’t you just love bluebirds!! I love to see all the bluebirds darting across the yard stopping only to pick up bugs along the way. We have several bluebird houses in our garden. This year we had three different nest and all had babies. Looks like one of our birdhouses is going to have two different sets of babies.

The eggs are so blue!

bluebird eggs in nesting box
Bluebird Eggs picture taken May 2013

If you are interested in having a bluebird house in your garden, check out my store page. I handmake two different sizes of the same birdhouse. I use rough sawn cedar, nails, exterior glue and aluminum for the roof cut to fit. The opening for the bluebirds to enter is 1 1/2″. There is a secret door that allows you to clean out the old nest at the end of the season.

Bluebird house mounted on post

rustic bluebird houses on front porch that are painted blue with tin roof

two rustic bluebird houses painted country blue with tin roof

Email me at MichaelsWoodCraft@yahoo.com if you have any questions or visit my Bluebird Houses page.

Did you have bluebirds nest in your birdhouse this year? Please comment, attach pictures. I sure would like to know about your bluebird experiences.

Michael