You may not be thinking about spring right now, but the bluebirds are! They have already started on their northern migration, and they’re looking around for prime real estate. Eastern Bluebirds normally start scouting out their nesting sites in February in the south, and they start looking in the north in March into April. Bluebirds normally hatch out two and sometimes three broods a year, so they like to get started early.
Have you put your bluebird houses up yet? There’s no right or wrong time to install them because birds will use them year round. Even when the bluebirds aren’t raising their young, they like to use their houses as warm, safe places to spend cold nights.
It won’t be long before the bluebirds start building their nests and getting ready for the young. There are many things we can do to attract these magical birds to our yards and help them along. Upcoming articles will talk about the best way to site a bluebird house and other ways of supporting them during their migration and breeding seasons. But for now, I hope you will be as inspired as we are by these beautiful pictures from our friend Robert Bliss in W. Hurley, New York. Just click on the photos to enjoy them in their full size versions.