How to Attract Eastern Bluebird

How to Attract Eastern Bluebird

BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY. 

Description: Perhaps the most popular bird among northeastern birdwatchers, a bluebird in the yard is always a delight. They prefer open areas with mature but spaced out trees nearby, making them common in and around open woodlands, parks, fields, pastures, and most importantly backyards. The best chance you have of attracting an Eastern Bluebird is to build a nesting box, which they use frequently and may even prefer to natural nesting options. Be sure to follow exact building specifications to ensure that the box is made correctly and safely. Bluebirds primarily eat ground-dwelling insects so a yard or garden that welcomes insects could help bring a Bluebird to your yard. In fall and winter Bluebirds will eat a wide range of berries, so growing berry producing plants like Pokeweed or Winterberry may increase your odds as well. Bluebirds will not visit bird feeders unless they have Mealworms (preferably live) or Suet. Bluebirds like to perch on posts, so adding one in your garden or near berry-producing plants is advisable. Bluebirds are known to use birdbaths

Overview

Bluebird Identification:

  • Medium-sized bird

  • Male: sky blue upperparts, rusty-orange breast, white belly

  • Female: duller than male, gray-blue upperparts, rusty-orange breast, white belly

Bluebird Habitat:

  • Open Woodland

  • Backyards

  • Fields

Bluebird Eating Habits:

  • Spring/Summer: Ground-Dwelling Insects

  • Fall/Winter: Berries/Fruit

Bluebird Nesting:

  • Cavity Nester

  • Tall Mature Trees (Especially Oak)

  • Nesting Box

Tops Ways to Attract Eastern Bluebird

Nesting Box     Mealworms     Winterberry     Insect-Friendly Yard     American Holly

Trees & Shrubs that Attract Eastern Bluebird

American Elderberry (Fruit)     American Holly (Fruit)     Arrowwood (Fruit)     Common Juniper (Fruit)     Dead Trees (Nesting)     Eastern Red Cedar (Fruit)      Flowering Dogwood (Fruit)     Hackberry (Fruit)     Northern Bayberry (Fruit)     Oak (Nesting)     Red-Twig Dogwood (Fruit)     Sassafras (Fruit)     Serviceberry (Fruit) Spicebush (Fruit)     Sumac (Fruit)     Wild Cherry (Fruit)     Winterberry (Fruit)

Flowers & Vines that Attract Eastern Bluebird

Partridge Berry (Fruit)     Pokeweed (Fruit)     Virginia Creeper (Fruit)     Wild Blueberry (Fruit)     Wild Grape (Fruit)

Attracting Eastern Bluebird with a Bird Feeder

Feeder Type:    Ground     Platform (Dish)     Suet Feeder

Feed:     Mealworms     Suet