Blue Bird House
The bluebird is a lovable bird with singing abilities. In wild, they mainly reside in areas of open oak woodland. They are also found in the low-elevated pine regions of Canada. They prefer to nest in cavities that can be either natural or man-made.
In recent times the bird is quite rarely found and it is almost on the verge of extinction as the bird is facing difficulty in competing with the hostile environment. The natural cavities which can be suitable for them to nest are gradually becoming scarce. Even the ones that are available get occupied by the house sparrows and the starlings. The man-made blue birdhouse is perhaps a good way of conserving the population of this brilliantly colored bird.
If you are interested to construct a bluebird house, you may take the help of following steps to making a bluebird house:
- Mount a wooden box on a hinge with good drainage provisions. The box must have holes of one-fourth inch in diameter at its bottom.
- The edges of the front part of the nest must be shorter than its backside edges so that the roof is attached to the edges in a slanting way. The roof must ideally be slanting as this evades the rain or snow to stand on the rooftop.
- The gap that is formed by the upper part of the box due to the slanted roof would act as ventilation.
- The hole must not be quite big enough to allow the starlings and other dominating birds to kill the bluebirds and occupy their house. The hole that should be drilled should be a diameter of around one and a half inches.
- In case woodpeckers or animals like squirrels manage to drill the hole bigger in size, replace the entrance panel with a new one.
- You may or may not paint but in case you want a colorful blue birdhouse, coat the house with light gray or any related tanned color. Do not paint the inside of the box as that can be toxic for the bird residing inside. The following are certain factors that you have to keep in mind while mounting the box to a pole.
- The bluebirds can make the artificial home their natural habitat if they are properly located. The box should ideally be mounted at least 6 feet high box. The front of the box must be close to a tree branch or a bush.
- Since the bird is territorial and you are willing to put up more than one box for the birds, you are recommended to keep them at least 100 yards apart.
- Clean the box in February every year. After the birds fly away clean the house properly to attract them again for their second or third time brooding session.
The birds start brooding during early March and are capable of breeding for three rounds every year. They prefer to reside in the open woody countryside and as a result of which bluebird houses that are placed in the locations like golf courses, cemeteries, and farmlands are easily able to attract the bird.
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