Bluebird
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How can you look at a bluebird and not feel a little bit better about the day? Their shimmering blue coats and cheery calls make these feathered wonders popular wherever they are found.

Unfortunately, bluebirds have experienced a precipitous fall in population. (Down about 90% over the past 50 years.) Bluebirds are cavity nesters. As land has been cleared for new developments and wooden fence posts replaced with metal, the number of nesting sites available has been greatly reduced.

Aggravating the situation has been the introduction into the United States of two very aggressive species, the European starling and the house sparrow. Both of these species compete with the bluebird for nesting spots and have had significant impact on the bluebird population. Starlings also compete with bluebirds over the fall food supply of berries and seeds, with large flocks of starlings often stripping a local supply in a short period of time.

Bluebirds adapt well to man-made nesting boxes. Bluebird boxes and trails play an important role in supporting local populations and are perhaps vital to the species long term success. Trails are easy to develop and are both fun and satisfying to operate.

Additional information on nesting boxes, trails and other other resources is available from the selections in the menu on the left.


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