Diy birdhouse for bluebirds
Want to do something that’s good for bluebirds-and fun for you? Build them a nesting box! You’ll be charmed by the brilliant birds’ beauty and their cheerful singing. Since their diet consists primarily of insects and grubs, your garden may benefit, too.
In the past, bluebirds relied on woodpeckers and other cavity-dwellers to provide the majority of their nesting places. They’d select abandoned cavities in dead trees or rotten fence posts to raise their families. As development wiped out many of these natural nesting sites, the bluebird population declined dramatically. But man-made nesting boxes have played a vital role in reviving the beloved bluebird. They have fairly specific requirements, so these DIY birdhouse plans are designed to meet their needs.
Tips for Attracting Bluebirds to Nest
Bluebirds prefer to nest in open areas with low or sparse ground cover. The North American Bluebird Society, which provided the plans, says rural areas, cemeteries, golf courses and parkways with minimal human traffic are good places to mount these nesting boxes. Simply drive a 3/4-inch piece of electrical conduit into the ground and attach the house 5 feet above the ground with conduit straps as shown at right. Attach a predator guard and coat the pipe with grease to deter nest raiders.
This bluebird box has a couple of interesting features worth pointing out. It’s assembled with the rough side of the wood facing out so it more closely resembles the birds’ natural nesting sites. And there’s no perch. Notches beneath the entrance hole provide footing for bluebirds, but discourage visits from competing house sparrows and wrens.
The swing-open side is convenient, also. You can check for nests of unwanted birds (since house sparrows and European starlings are not protected by law, simply remove their nests) and have easy access for cleaning out the bluebird’s nesting materials after the young have fledged. You’ll want to do this immediately, since bluebirds often raise as many as three broods in one nesting season.
Best of all, the swing-open side will give you a chance to peek in on the nestlings for whom you’ve provided a sturdy and safe home. The side door is great for monitoring the activity in these birdhouses.