Bluebird Nature Walk ~ Includes Facts & Nesting Boxes

We recently enjoyed a nature walk which included a guide that took us around to check out nesting boxes and fed us loads of great information about a couple of the common types of birds that would nest in them. It was primarily about bluebirds (thus the Bluebird Nature Walk) but there are other birds with similar habits and needs for nesting so we were treated to information about bluebirds, swallows, wrens, sparrows, and chickadees.

Bluebird Nature Walk ~ Facts & Nesting Boxes

Bluebird Nests:

*Bluebirds nest in March/April and may again early in the summer
*Nesting box contains a 1 1/2 inch hole
*There should be 6 inches from the hole to the bottom of the box
*Overhang for protection
*Meadow is a good habitat
*Tree in sight, particularly pine trees in sight of the box for the bluebirds to fly out to
*They make their nests of dry grass and pine needles

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About Bluebirds:

*The Bluebird is the NYS bird
*Bluebird related to robin
*They lay 4-6 eggs
*Bluebird eggs are laid one per day
*The sit on them for 2 weeks
*Their eggs are pale blue (similar to Robin only lighter)
*Bluebirds perch in tree waiting for movement on the ground then swoop down and back to tree

About Tree Swallows:

*Tree swallows also nest in bluebird boxes
*Tree swallows nest in May
*Tree swallows use bird feathers to line their nests
*Tree Swallows are known as insectivores (diet consists of insects)
*Acrobats in the air as they catch all their food while flying
*Eggs are pure white and smaller than bluebird eggs

 

About House Wrens:

  • Nests in May
  • They make a huge nest for such a little bird
  • It is the male that does the nest
  • Eggs are tiny, rusty brown and heavily spotted
  • Build their nests of coarse twigs
  • Their nest usually fill the nesting boxes

Check out this link for more information and activities related to bluebirds.