I am seeing my bluebirds (parents and young) since the weather has cooled down some. I believe one draw for them is that we have mowed our 4 acres of pasture (also have about 1 1/2 acres of bluebird territory where my boxes are) and this mowing has created a bug haven for them.) I think they are also looking to find winter protection, as my four boxes are used for this at times – however one year it got so cold that a pair of blues died in the box while trying to keep warm.
P.S. My hummingbirds are going absolutely crazy – I have been keeping my two bottles filed with sugar water and have 6-10 hummers around at all times. They are great fun to watch!
Hope everyone has a good and restful winter.
Hi Carol, 4 acre pasture is wonderful. Happy you can keep the bluebirds coming. I have decided my property is not good for bluebirds. I live in a heavily wooded area and since I have retired the open property I have disturbs the bb’s since I am in my yard so much more. Also a hawk has been harming the parents several years in a row. I will surely be here to cheer you and your bluebirds on. Hummingbirds are the one thing I can keep as not much yard space needed for them.
Thank you Bluebird Lover for the reply. I have been watching my bluebirds and hummingbirds a lot – really lots of fun during this off season.
Yes, heavily wooded areas are not the right locale for bluebirds – they like open fields and areas with not much of anything except grass.
Sorry about that hawk which was harming your birds. I have seen some hawks at various times, but they have not harmed my bluebirds yet.. . . . . They like to hang out on a highwire at the very back fence of my property which is quite a distance from my bird boxes.