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Bluebirds in Winter

by Chris Peters
(Atlanta, Georgia)

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Seeing Bluebirds in Winter


I found out quickly that if you put up more than one bluebird house you will get a show you did not expect.

I thought it would look so cute to put 3 or 4 together like a small village. Well...my beautiful pair that come back year after year, (I think!) moved into the village and I was thrilled.

I then waited for some of their friends to move in. To my great satisfaction another pair showed up.

I have a long front porch with a swing and I spent many garden breaks on that swing watching as the male stood guard and the female built her nest. All this time I thought I had two pairs of bluebirds in my little village.

Ahh...not true.

It took me a couple of weeks to realize that the same pair had built a nest in each of the 4 bluebird houses.

They finally chose one to lay their eggs and raise their young. They were also very successful in running off any other bluebirds.
They also ran off a pair of chickadees that tried to move into the village.

I was amazed that they would keep going from house to house even after the mama laid her eggs. I am not sure if they were using the other houses as decoys or if they were just trying out each one to see which they really liked.

This pair raised three sets of young over the summer months.

So here it is fall, actually it is almost Halloween and the days are getting short and cool.

I was pretty sure my pair had moved on for the winter. It is cold and raining today and I was standing at the back window looking out into the yard at the birds. I have several feeders and love to watch them.

Soon I saw a little fat bird all puffed up sitting on the deck railing. She looked very familiar and it took me a minute to realize she was a young female bluebird.

The next thing I see she has a bit of moss in her beak and she flies to one of the bluebird houses and goes in. I am astounded!

This is a new pair, the female is very small, much smaller than my regular pair. Soon the male, gorgeous blue, streaks in and joins her.

He sits on the top of the house and surveys his domain. Ready to protect his coming brood! I have never had any of my bluebirds stay into November and build a nest at this time of the year.

The good news is that here in the Atlanta, Georgia area we don't get really cold weather until late December and January.

I would love to hear of any other bluebirds nesting at this time of the year. Oh and by the way...I separated all the houses so I would hopefully get more pairs.

We will see how this all works out.

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Dec 04, 2016
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Akron, early December
by: debbie

Doubted my eyes at first, but saw bluebirds in Sand Run Metropark yesterday; they seemed to be flying alongside the trail, not too far from Nature Realm.

Dec 04, 2016
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Bluebirds Wintering in South Central PA
by: Adrian

We had a family of 5 Bluebirds overwinter here last year and all survived into the spring. When we found that they did not leave by last November we started feeding them dried meal worms (live ones on very cold,snowy days).

This year we did not feed them again in the hopes they would head south--they did not. Instead they were scouting out some of the birdhouses in our yard. So we started putting dried meal worms out again around Thanksgiving when the nights got down into the 30's. They were there in a flash with very healthy appetites. So I guess we will overwinter them again. Nice to see them here brightening up the dull winter landscape along with the red cardinals.

Dec 03, 2016
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Bluebirds in TN
by: Gretchen

I too am seeing Blue birds in middle TN today December 3rd, 2016. Seems like several pairs are trying to claim 2 bird houses. Maybe they are babies from this spring? When do they go south? I am surprised to still see them. Guess its the warmer weather here lately.

Dec 01, 2016
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they are here
by: Claudia Willson

Just talking to my Mom in NE Pa, she states that she saw 3 bluebirds taking the sticks out of the purple martin house, maybe they are going to make a warmer bed and stay, I hope not, its gets soooooo cold here.

Nov 27, 2016
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Just saw 4 Bluebirds checking out a box
by: Nick

I just saw what looked a family of bluebirds checking out a nesting box in our back yard, it's Nov. 27 in Western NY State with day time temps in the low 40's deg F. It looked like a couple of juvenile birds and a least one adult.

Is this normal behavior? Are they just looking for a place to spend the night? I can't imagine them trying to raise another brood this late in the year. This box didn't have any pairs in them this year. We've hosted them in the past but not this year. Would love to have them back in the spring.

-Nick

Nov 26, 2016
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November bluebirds
by: Linda

I have bluebirds scoping out my box this morning (Nov. 26) in central Illinois. There are actually 4 birds. We have had a mild fall so far but I hadn't seen any bluebirds for quite awhile. It will get very cold here. I am amazed.

Nov 25, 2016
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Great website
by: Linda

I agree, this is such a good website, enjoy reading all of the comments.

Nov 25, 2016
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Nov. 25?
by: Anonymous

I'm in central Ohio.
I found this site because I am watching a male blue bird right now investigating a nesting box which has been up for a year and a half with no "takers" yet.... so maybe he's looking to build a cozy spot against the cold weather?

Hope they come back in the spring for raising a family!

Nov 25, 2016
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Georgia
by: Amber

Hi there! I just googled bluebirds nesting in fall and found you! I wouldn't believe it had I not witnessed it now with my own eyes! I too live in Georgia and I have 4 bluebirds on my fence. One is a bright blue and she is very round! They are preparing the nest box again. This is cool-I love it ❤️

Nov 24, 2016
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Thanksgiving Bluebirds
by: RJ

In Roseville, CA we've had bluebirds all year. There were two families this year plus another with baby birds but a blue jay poked his head in b-house, killed 2 & ate one. I understand that's not terribly uncommon but had never experienced it before. They are still in and out of the two bluebird boxes we have within 5 feet of each other. I'm feeding them dried meal worms. We take a holiday for a few days during the year so they don't get fed. They don't leave but know when we return. I saw one catch a mosquito in the air which was quite fun. I used to use live mealworms when I lived farther north in CA - they wouldn't eat dried ; ). We've had 5 bluebirds (the family) since March, but lately down to 3 or 4. I put the worms on a little stand birdbath (walmart) . Summer watch for ants.

Nov 23, 2016
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November Bliebirds
by: Ed & Lynn Vervoort, Glencoe, Ontario, Canada

I would not have believed it had I not seen it for myself, 4 Eastern bluebirds sitting on the fence posts surrounding our little farm. They were feeding on a few worms they found nearby while temperatures hovered near the freezing mark. We've enjoyed our bluebirds all summer as they raised their family in an old fence post where they hollowed out their home.

Nov 22, 2016
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Nov 22, 2016
by: Martha

Have seen a pair of bluebirds going in and out of our nest box here in Central WV . I really thought they flocked together and went into the woods during winter.

Nov 17, 2016
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good comment
by: Gene

Thanks for contributing Kristi. This is the primary reason for seeing nesting material brought to nest boxes.

Nov 16, 2016
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Update to my Bluebird post
by: Anonymous

Hello Folks.

I just wanted to let you know that I reached out to a few other fellow birders and discovered one who got to watch a family of bluebirds add material to a next box in November last year. Then around dusk they all got in the box and huddled together for the night. His observations uncovered that the bluebirds were doing this as a means to stay warm, not to nest. Let's hope the same is true this year.

I would encourage folks to watch the nest boxes as late into the evening as possible to see what is happening. I'd love to hear about your experiences.

I'm going to post a video on my blog birdmentor in a week about this. I'd love to hear what you have seen. Feel free to share your stories in the comments section below the video. *should be up by next Wednesday at the latest.

All the best,
Kristi

Nov 15, 2016
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November nesting
by: Yves Gauthier

I just read that a member of our forum in Québec, Canada, saw a couple of Eastern Bluebirds just started to build a nest in a nesting box in his backyard this morning, November 15th!

This is exceptional here in Quebec because we have very hard winters. The female brings the nesting material, goes inside the box while the male stays close and watches. I Wonder how this will develop in the nearby future.

Sorry for my bad English.

Nov 13, 2016
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Mealworms
by: Linda

That is also my concern as we plan to be gone, so perhaps best not to begin feeding and then be fine for a week or two. Just hope for the best for our backyard visitors.

Nov 12, 2016
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Bluebirds in CO
by: Kristi

Yes... I to have witnessed nesting behavior here in CO this year just last week. It took me by surprise. It has been unseasonably warm this year (I was in shorts and t-shirt today).

My concern with folks wanting to feed mealworms to help the bluebirds who are nesting is that it may give them a false sense of security.

When birds are feeding their young they rely on many sources of nourishment for their little buggers. Around here there will be very little in the form of insect life due to the very cold nights we have. Not only do they have to feed their young, they also have to feed themselves. Their energy stores get very depleted during this time. Normally, this is not an issue because there is plenty to eat in the summer and the temps are warmer.

In cold temps if a song bird does not feed itself for more than 6 hours it will die (kind of amazing to contemplate). If you happen to miss a day or two (holidays, travel, etc) this could mean that the birds don't make it.

Since this is such an unknown event, I honestly don't know what the best answer is other than to let nature take its natural course without intervening as a seemingly good deed could actually put the entire family at risk.

Good luck to all of the birds and bird lovers this year.

Nov 11, 2016
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Bluebirds Surveying Nest Boxes in MI
by: Jan

Have never seen this before. Three bluebirds scoping out our nest boxes on November 11th. Taking turns peering inside and I can swear they have pieces of moss in their beaks. Then a fourth one calls from across the way and they all take off to check out a new location.

We see them here on sunny days all winter long, but have never witnessed them checking out the boxes. It's supposed to get really cold here tonight for the next few days.

I wonder it they prepare a nest box for warmth in case the tree cavities are too breezy?

Nov 09, 2016
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providing mealworms
by: Gene

You don't need a special feeder, we offer them to those who would like them.

Plenty of other birds will eat them also. In the heat of summer I offer them to Robins raising their young.

Nov 09, 2016
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Mealworms
by: Londa

Thanks for the information on mealworms. Do I need a mealworm feeder or just out on plate .. Sorry for so many questions. I guess other birds would eat them also?

The bluebirds were here yesterday hanging out on the birdbath along with tons of robins. We live in NW NJ?

Nov 08, 2016
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mealworms
by: Gene

You can buy them dry at big box stores. Soak them and place them out. You can buy them online both dry and live. Live are more expensive but worth it in spring.

Nov 08, 2016
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Which mealworms are the best?
by: Linda

Can anyone give me advice on mealworms ... Are they dried, etc. etc. how do I feed to birds ..are they like suet?

Thanks.

Nov 07, 2016
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I saw my blue birds
by: Anonymous

It is November 7th my blue bird house is in front of my window and my blue birds are there today going in and out of the nest they raised 3 nest this year many people are amazed they have set up home so close to us I am so excited to see them and I have to get some more mealworms to feed them through the winter, I had no idea they stayed here.

Nov 03, 2016
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Still seeing Bluebirds in NC
by: Anonymous

Here is is, November, and I am quite surprised (and pleased) that I am still seeing a number of bluebirds in my yard every day. I've been in NC for 8 years and never remember them hanging around this late in the season.

Nov 03, 2016
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So surprised!
by: Ladybugsue

We have seen bluebirds hanging around both of our houses this last 10 days and looking they are going to nest. Have never seen them this late in the fall. Wondering if due to such warm weather.

Nov 03, 2016
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Cleaning Boxes
by: Marietta, GA

I've seen different comments about cleaning old nest from boxes. I generally remove the old nest after a broods departure. I've had blues build nest during the winter months, but never nested, I removed these as well before spring mating.

I, also, allow the box to air out by keeping the box front open a few days with a branch between nestings. Last year, I had three broods from one box. Any suggestions from the birds?

Nov 02, 2016
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Bluebirds in peachtree city, ga.
by: C. Pazenski

Hey Lynn what's your location? Always like to know where bluebirds are. Anyway thought I'd comment that if you feed(mealworms) and keep water out all winter they should hang around (at least in the south anyway).

Having multiple nesting boxes helps as they are very territorial. This year for first time I have had a flock of bluebirds eating berries off dogwood tree. They also love the berries off a huge holly bush.

One last thing, I had bluebirds all over one of the boxes in the backyard. One morning at about 6:30 I looked out and saw the box was turned around, don't know how or why, but when I went out to fix it out flew a bluebird! A mystery!

Nov 02, 2016
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Bluebirds
by: Anonymous

I just saw a family of five bluebirds in my yard. I was surprised to see them since it is Nov 2. It is very warm for this time of year in Birmingham! Are they going to nest this time of year?

Nov 01, 2016
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Bluebirds drinking from birdbath
by: Lynn Overman

I saw three bluebirds this morning, November 1st! I hadn't seen many over the summer months in my backyard but they have nested in some mysterious place in the eaves of my house for years. It's unseasonably warm this fall and I was wondering if I should try to feed them over the winter? I also have an Indigo bunting who stops by every June. What a sight!

Oct 29, 2016
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Bluebird eggs now?
by: Cary, Nc

I thought it might be time for me to clean out my bluebird house for the winter, as I have not noticed any action.

I pulled out the nest, and as it fell to the ground, I saw there were a couple of tiny blue eggs in it!

Unfortunately, one of the eggs broke. Since I was wearing garden gloves, I placed the unbroken egg back in the nest and slid it back into the house. Could there be nesting going on now? Or would these be abandoned eggs from last season?
I feel terrible!

Oct 29, 2016
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Bluebirds in NJ
by: Linda

We live in NW NJ and have had the same family nest twice on our patio, first time in a bluebird house and then in a decorative one after the wrens moved out. We keep seeing them on and off and today, October 29th, they have reappeared and are checking out the bird houses. We would be thrilled if they nested for warmth during the winter months.

I just came across this page and so interesting to read all the comments.

Oct 28, 2016
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October Bluebird Activity
by: Andrea

We live in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA, and our bluebirds stay around all year. Today, we watched five males battling each other for one female. We could hear the bonded pair talking to each other while the other males fussed.

The males were brilliant blue and I suppose most of them are from this summer's nestings. We have one box in our front yard and one box in the back. Only the front box was used this year but bluebirds are abundant in our neighborhood. Perhaps the hubbub this morning was practice, but it was amazing to watch.

Every fall, our bluebirds gather at the front yard box, inspecting or doing what they do...together; this is the first time we've seen fighting in autumn. Our temps have been unseasonably warm during the day and chilly in the a.m.

Our only problem is the resident hawk. We moved our feeding stations from the open area to a spot closer to the trees... for cover. We feed mealworms in early spring and winter, along with suet and seed for all of our birds, going through two large bags a month.

Happy birds and happy birdwatchers!!!!

Oct 28, 2016
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Oct 28, 2016
by: MERGE BOLLING, Flowery Br, Ga

We have had some bluebirds all summer, but none have used our bluebird house. However, we did have a wren or chickadee nest we removed in late summer. We were so disappointed with not getting any bluebirds to nest.

Over the past few weeks we have noticed many more backyard bluebirds. We live in Flowery Branch, Ga. To our excitement we noticed a pair of bluebirds starting to build a nest just this morning. However, are they building for a brood now, or for the spring?

We never expected a family this time of year. Will post if we see a brood in the next few weeks. We are delighted to watch them.

Oct 26, 2016
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Bluebirds in Peachtree City
by: C. Pazenski

Funny Chris that your story appeared just as I was entering my quest as to why bluebirds were all over nesting box this time of year(October 26) I do think they are just checking out sites for next year.

I try to keep them around all year with mealworms and water, they love their 3 p.m. splash!, and I love watching them. Have 2 boxes up and planning a third but wrens are a problem by me either destroying eggs or filling up box with sticks.

So happy to read others comments about bluebirds so far north, especially in winter! Is it the climate change? Enjoy!

Sep 19, 2016
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Morganton NC
by: Dalenn Hardy

I had not seen any bluebirds all year but worry about their decline. The first house i put up was in a dogwood and chicadees started building. Still no bluebirds. Midsummer I bought a house from my bank! Of all places. A local wildlife org. builds and sells these astonishing wooden bluebird houses with instuctions for feeding and even a recipe for suite bluebirds like all for just $10. This house I located as suggested and put out the homemade suite and millworns. All other of my birds and squirrels had found it but still no bluebirds. Its Sept, what i thought was after breading season here, and this morning at the bluebird suite there were 3 bluebirds in the mix! I kept watching and noticed them coming and going from the house not far from the food. So delighted!! But do they continue to use the houses for warmth during the winter? Should I get another house?

Feb 23, 2016
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Watching Bluebirds winter over Dahlonega Ga.
by: Lisa Brooks

It's so exciting when the Bluebirds show up, did not see them much in Nov and Dec. Now they are checking out there old box.

I moved it Feb 22 was to close to bird feeder, very happy to say I saw them this morning at the new location. I read we were supposed to clean the bird house out, there was a lot of old black stuff and a snail, with a small layer straw.

Can anyone tell me if I messed up by doing this. I just went and got meal worms and some suet blocks. I hope to see more pairs. I have woods all around me.

I am also obsessed with bluebirds. I will post pictures now.

Feb 23, 2016
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The Blue Birds Stayed
by: Crookedcreek Dahlonega Ga

I was also amazed to see during our January snow a pair of bluebirds perched on the branches waiting there turn to eat at the feeders out side my kitchen window.

So excited ran to get my camera, I was able to get pictures of them. Now picking there house begins, the male is peaking in and the female sits on top waits her turn to look. I do recall them going in the box in December. But other birds were too.

The box was in a high traffic area right near the feeder. I moved the box yesterday Feb 22 2016 I peaked in box and it did need cleaning. All night I hoped they would find the new place.

I am so excited to say I did not hurt them they found the new location AM Feb 23. I put up another box yesterday so now they have three. This one is farther it's where I can see out my screen porch.

I feed all the birds daily. Did not know about meal worms for Blue Birds saw on site last night. Any suggestions how to do this for our Beautiful Blue Birds.

I am on instagram Crookedcreekwildlife will post pics. So happy you love them like I do.

Feb 10, 2016
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Bluebirds and cardinals in Hephzibah, feb. 10 2016
by: Jos Meeusen

Hey! I'm from Holland and amazed by your bluebirds and cardinals. Started feeding here in the backyard near Augusta GA. And I saw so many birds. The ones I mentioned were there with low night temperatures this week. Makes me thinking to make some birdhouses for them. I have to go google to see what they need to look like. And where to put them. Projects for next time I will be around here for three months. Tomorrow my plane goes back to Europe again. So sorry....

Feb 02, 2016
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Bluebirds in Winter--the rest of the story
by: Adrian

I was so concerned about my family of 5 bluebirds when the blizzard of 2016 struck last week and temperatures plummeted to single digits. We diligently brought double portions of mealworms out to our bluebird feeding station. We didn't see any during the storm. But low and behold, the morning after, there they were--all 5.

When we checked after they were gone, they had even eaten not only the batch we had brought out that morning, but also the frozen worms left from the day before!

It is now February and they are still thriving. Can't wait for Spring to arrive!

Feb 01, 2016
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Bluebird eggs in January in Midlands of SC
by: Anonymous

I was going to clean out our bluebird house yesterday (Jan. 31, 2016), but when I opened it there were 3 eggs. Decided to close it back as was and wait a couple weeks. Any thoughts/comments?

Jan 26, 2016
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Bluebirds
by: Anonymous

yesterday was Jan 25th 2016. I was straightening the pole my bluebird house sits on and I opened the door of the house and low and behold there was a tiny blue egg there in a nest. Is it possible this is a new nest.? I live in Wedowee Alabama.

Jan 23, 2016
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Concerned about our 13 bluebirds...
by: Retta

The blizzard of 2016 has hit Aston, PA and I'm so worried about our bluebirds. The first successful brood to fledge from our front yard bluebird house has remained, and has brought along all of their friends to our feeder. It was supposed to be a hanging oriole feeder, but my husband turned it over and mounted it to a pole. He fills the cups with dried mealworms in the early morning and at approximately 4 PM every day. Yesterday at 4 PM, the minute he walked away from the feeder, we had 13 bluebirds! They also love our heated birdbath, which is the only source of non-frozen water around. They fly from front to back yard throughout the day, but mostly during the "feeding times".

I have two mounted houses, included the one they nested in, but they have not sought shelter in either of them. I'm surprised and curious as to where they go to keep warm. I'm so happy that they have continued to visit, but also worried to think they will need more than these mealworms to survive. Any thoughts?

Jan 14, 2016
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Bluebirds in Winter
by: Adrian

The bluebirds that nested on our property in Pennsylvania this year, which we believe was a returning pair, had 2 broods. The second brood is still with the parents.

In November my husband took the opportunity to fix the house they had used, cleaned it up and reset it in their favorite tree. No sooner was it set up again when they were seen flitting in and out of the house and the male sitting on top of it for several days.

The weather here has been very mild this year up through Christmas and they remained here. Now that it has turned bitterly cold we thought they would leave but they have not. We have been feeding them mealworms to get them through the cold but even after we went away for a week, they were still here!

I don't know what they are surviving on, other than the mealworms, so I will keep feeding them until late Spring.

Dec 31, 2015
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revised New Years Eve
by: Lisa Gardner

There is no "ceremonial straw" yet, so the bluebirds are just scouting out for spring.

Dec 31, 2015
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New Years Eve in PA
by: Lisa Gardner

Today I see bluebirds nesting. It has been a mild winter here, and a mild January is in the forecast. They first nested last March in a new box. I found the young dead inside (I think hawks chased them away). Then swallows commandeered the box for the rest of the summer. It is good to see the blues have not given up.

Dec 29, 2015
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Bluebirds in late Dec. in PA
by: Mary Jane Hurley Brant

We are also excited seeing a male and female checking out our new box put in our yard. Because this is a developing community under construction we just thought we would have to wait until spring. My husband put it in the ground in Sept. But I had this feeling....

I'll stop by again and thanks for your lovely post!

Kindly,
Mary Jane Hurley Brant

Dec 23, 2015
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California Bluebirds
by: RJ

I have a bluebird concrete acorn on my patio and December 23rd the bluebirds are in and out. Sometimes 3 to 4 go in at one time. Does anyone know why this is? This spring I had a "couple" looking for weeks but the swallows came and usurped the house.

However, the bluebird parents and fledglings returned to hang out in the trees and eat the mealworms I have out everyday. Now, there are 6 bluebirds that visit on a daily basis and have for months.

I also have an "official" bluebird box they occasionally peek into. We live in Roseville, CA on a golf course so there is a nice open space. I told them they better make their nest before the swallows come again ; ). I stumbled on this site and have enjoyed the comments.

Dec 17, 2015
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December bluebirds at box
by: Anonymous

Here in Atlanta the bluebirds are inspecting the box that has had broods the past four years, I clean the boxes thoroughly in January with a chlorine tinged water scrubbing to kill the mites.
December 16, warmer weather may have them confused

Dec 15, 2015
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Pair of bluebirds
by: Shirley Cox

Saw a pair of Bluebirds today in Lake Claire, in Atlanta this morning, December 15. Was surprised to see them since I thought they were still rare. They were flitting in an old Oak tree, then over to a small dogwood. What a nice surprise.

Dec 10, 2015
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Bluebirds
by: Anonymous

Well I guess I really can't but for the last three years we've had several fledges and the group seems to get bigger. Just assuming I guess.

Dec 09, 2015
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Mass. Blues
by: Anonymous

How can you tell they are the birds that were hatched at your location?

Dec 09, 2015
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December in Massachusetts!
by: Anonymous

Believe it or not, It's December in western Mass and 7 bluebirds that hatched in the bluebird house over the last couple of years are still here every day. I put mealworms out and it keeps them coming! I'm obsessed with them. Maybe they'll stay through the winter as long as they are fed.

Dec 08, 2015
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Winter Bluebirds
by: Anonymous

I live in Dacula, Georgia. This is our first winter here after moving from Northern Wisconsin and I immediately put up bird feeders. Though my neighbor across the street talked about her bluebirds all summer long I did not see any.

This morning, December 8th, I had two females in my feeder. I will certainly get some bluebird houses up. Do they stay all winter in Georgia?

Nov 28, 2015
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Blues checking boxes Nov 28
by: Henry in Marietta, GA

I noticed today four blues, is this a family?, checking out a box that had successfully raised two clutches during the spring and summer. It's a beautiful sunny day with temps in the high fifties, are they confused with the spring type weather?

Last year this time, they actually built a nest and later I removed it to keep the box clean, this year I'll leave it be if they decide to rebuild.

Questions: What are they doing at the boxes this time of year?.... Are they scouting nesting sites for next spring and believe by nest building they're claiming the box?..
Thanks for any thoughts you may have.

Nov 21, 2015
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Me too!!!
by: Kristie NC

Standing at my back window in Reidsville, NC on November 21, 2015 watching my male and female Eastern bluebirds flitting in and out of one of my houses I have up for them. I guess that's maybe a sign that our winter is going to be tough.

Nov 12, 2015
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November in Greensboro
by: Anonymous

I have a pair using a nesting box...now (Nov 12).
We have not had a hard freeze yet.

I did not realize they would use the birdhouse this late. I wonder if this is normal, or because of the warm fall.

From Greensboro,NC

Nov 12, 2015
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Bluebird banging into window
by: Kelli

So, it's Nov. 12th in NH, and our family of bluebirds, mom, dad, and several young from this summers fledlings have been hanging out on the bluebird house, going in and out. Every morning mama comes and continuously flys into the window, as if she is trying to get in. She did the same thing during the summer months when she was laying eggs. We have had to put up a towel on one window, and now she is at another window.
Put decals up on that window, but she is still here.
I do feed them meal worms and keep a water container out.
Also, a family of purple finches "hangs out" with the bluebirds.
Has anyone else seen this behavior? Thanks, Kelli

Oct 30, 2015
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Bluebirds in PA late October
by: Alan

We fledged two nestfuls this summer in southeast PA. Then we put out dried mealworms and they kept coming. Now it's Halloween and 5 or 6 birds come every evening around 5:30, splash in the bird bath and eat some worms. It will be interesting to see how long into the winter this goes on.

Oct 23, 2015
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Bluebirds in late Oct in Atlanta..40 degrees
by: Joan Carter

I have heard bluebird houses have to be a half acre apart...as I've had no luck but with one...I too live in Atlanta and young blue birds flurry in and out of house and it's 40 degrees...one had straw in mouth but none in house...I just wonder why the interest in late Oct.

Oct 23, 2015
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Bluebirds are Nesting Again Here
by: Anonymous

I live in Summerville SC and I have just noticed today my bluebirds are nesting in the same house as the spring and summer. Don't know if it's the same ones but do know they have run the wrens and the finches away today. My yard is theirs and I have three houses They are guarding two and running off any other birds in the third house too.

Oct 18, 2015
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Bluebirds in late Oct in Atlanta..40 degrees
by: Anonymous

Yes, I too live in Atlanta and it is now late Oct and young Bluebirds flurries around and in and out of bird house but left...I just suppose them stating their house for Spring, but not sure and it happens every yr...
I have had two family's born every yr for 26 yrs averaging 4 to a nest which would be 128 bluebirds who were born in my birdhouse...I had to nail to house as something would clean out eggs or birds when not on side of house and Mom and dad would hollow for hrs...

Oct 17, 2015
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bluebirds going in birdhouse
by: Gene

Hi Joan, it's pretty common for them to check out and even roost in the houses during winter. Sometimes, several Bluebirds will spend the night in the birdhouse.

Be sure to clean it really well before the nesting season.

Oct 17, 2015
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Bluebirds in late Oct in Atlanta..40 degrees
by: Joan Carter

I can not figure why blue birds fly in and out of bluebird house in late Oct, but after a few checkouts, fly away...they seem to be young maybe been born in house they are scoring. ..does anyone know why ?

Mar 09, 2015
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Bluebirds Surival
by: Anonymous

We have had Bluebirds off and on all Winter, around the birdhouse. After a severe ice storm here in Tennessee, we found 14 dead Bluebirds in the birdhouse! Last summer we watched as one pair raised 2 families, totaling 12 young. Could this have been the same birds? Would they have died from cold, lack of food and water or oxygen?

Mar 07, 2015
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Newfane, NY
by: Anonymous

We have 4 bluebird houses on our property and normally see bluebirds here. This winter has been brutal though with many nights below zero.

Just before dusk, I would watch as the bluebirds would return to our locust tree from their day out foraging. First 1 then 2 then 3.

Finally when all 8 were perched in the tree, they took turns entering just one of the birdhouses. I don't know how they all fit in one house, but I bet they stayed warm with all their body heat.

Mar 01, 2015
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march 1, 15
by: Anonymous

Was in my kitchen doing dishes and happened to see a blue bird land on the neighbors roof. First one I seen in cold weather, made me wonder, do they migrate? We live in Pennsylvania. I do feed the birds during the winter but never seen the bluebird around.

Feb 23, 2015
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first time sighting of eastern bluebird Canada
by: J C

Wow, My wife and I were in the dining room when I happened to look out at my deck and feeder, "Wow" I told my wife, look robins are here.

It's February 22nd 5PM minus 10 Celsius Welland Ontario Canada

My wife said they`re blue in color the red chest made me think robin but then noticed yes blue. Never seen these here before, looked up on the computer and found the same bird called Eastern Bluebird.

Took many pictures but could barely make them out because of the distance. I`m looking out for them today and hope to get better pics
checked on them and said 0-2 % chance of sighting in this area

j-charlie201"hotmail.com

Feb 20, 2015
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Dried Mealworms
by: Gene

The dried mealworms need to be re-hydrated before putting out. They'll freeze quickly if not eaten.

Feb 20, 2015
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Winter Bluebirds
by: Anonymous

We live in SE CT. On occasion during the summers we have been fortunate to see a bluebird or two. This winter starting two weeks ago we have 7 male and 4 female bluebirds spend their days at our suet feeders.

They don't like to cling to the suet cages but sit below and catch the scraps the other birds drop. What a sight!

We put a shallow plastic lid with water out and they also loved that. Its been terribly cold here and lots of snow.

They have gotten used to us replenishing the feeders, They will fly away to the closest tree and return as soon as we are inside.

We are going to try dried mealworms also.

Feb 19, 2015
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Bluebirds in the snow!!
by: Anonymous

We live in the deep woods of south central Pennsylvania and everything is covered with snow.
The temperature is a balmy 10 degrees. I still have evergreens and berries in my window boxes
and, as I was doing dishes, three bluebirds flew to the box in front of me.

This had happened also on Feb. 4. I was so surprised to see them a few weeks ago and was equally astonished to see them again this morning.

We have bluebirds in the meadow along our lane but never see them here in the woods even in the warmer months. I always thought they migrated.

Throughout this winter we have seen and heard robins and I did know that some of them never migrate. Didn't know that bluebirds stay here also.

Feb 17, 2015
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Bluebirds this morning Feb 17 2015
by: Bridget

I just saw 8 bluebirds on my deck. I have about 6 different feeders, two are the suet kind and the bluebirds were feeding off the suet. I was so excited to see them. I have all types of birds ,but this is the first time I've seen the Bluebirds. It is now afternoon and they have not come back. Any ideas on how to bring them back?


Feb 02, 2015
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Fort Wayne IN
by: Angie

It is Feb 2 2015
We just moved about a year ago, and always would feed the birds. We would see blue birds, but only for a few days in feb or march. Now our new house backs up to a small woods with more birds then I ever new existed.

I saw a pair last winter just a few times, when I saw them this winter we put worms and fruit out. They come everyday morning till night. We got a foot of snow yesterday and they still came, and they were waiting for me this morning to clean the snow out of the feeder for them. Does anyone know how we keep them around durning the summer?

My mom has a pair that nest year after year, but never sees them in the summer. We live in Northern IN, so you would think we wouldn't see them when it's this cold but more in the summer.

Jan 28, 2015
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Birds in NE PA
by: Maria

The bluebirds always stay through the winter. I have several bird houses for them but wasn't sure if they stayed in them as it is extremely cold in north Pennsylvania. Recently while looking out the window about 7AM I counted 5 bluebirds coming out of the same house. I have no idea how they all fit in there but now I know how they keep warm.

Jan 07, 2015
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Bluebird dough
by: Anonymous

I am enjoying about six regular bluebirds coming for my peanut butter suet doug in Marietta Ga. Is anyone providing roost boxes for their bluebirds/titmouse birds?

Jan 03, 2015
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Marietta, GA
by: Reenie

Here in Marietta, GA we had about 5 or 6 bluebirds hanging out around our birdbath on Christmas day (2014). It was such a nice surprise. Haven't seen them since then. Reading up on how to keep them coming back. Enjoyed your article.

Dec 28, 2014
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very strange sight
by: Anonymous

It is December 28th and I live in northwest Ga. My husband and I were just saying how strange it was to spot bluebirds this time of year. They were all around our birdhouse. We rarely see this many in the spring or summer.

Dec 28, 2014
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Bluebirds in Mt Airy MD
by: Ruth

I have a feeder attached to my family room window. I keep it filled with mealworms (dried) and in the winter I am almost always rewarded with multiple bluebirds enjoying breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the winter months.

This year I have had 6 males at one time, munching away! I also have a heated birdbath nearby and they will also eat some of the high protein hulled bird seed that I have at another window feeder.

I don't have as much luck with nesting. A few years ago I had three broods in one season, but when the birdhouse finally disintegrated after being out for years, I replaced it with a "Cadillac" version and haven't had a single brood since.

I sometimes wonder if the bluebirds who winter in my yard, are different from the bluebirds who nest.

Dec 18, 2014
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Winter, Bluebird in PA. in December
by: Belinda Rohrer

I think this is a wonderful story!
I love Bluebirds! Here it is December 18th,
2014 and looking out my backyard patio door, on top of my daughter's playhouse sat a bright blue, Bluebird!!! Yes! I said Bluebird not Blue Jay!!! God just gave me a beautiful gift!!! I wanted so much to see one and God is the Creator of All things, especially Miracles!!!! Thank you Lord for granting mine! Happy Holidays Everyone!!!

Belinda Rohrer
Pennsylvania

Dec 17, 2014
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Roosting
by: Gene

In winter it is common for Bluebirds to roost together to stay warm. When Spring arrives they claim territories.

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Dec 17, 2014
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blue birds
by: Satty poo

We just saw 5 blue birds trying to get in the same house here in Arkansas! Its very cold today! We have never seen this before ! We also have 2 houses for them guiet far apart, but they are all choosing this one!

Dec 15, 2014
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western mass
by: Anonymous

Where do you live in western mass Richard? I'm in Lee.

Dec 14, 2014
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Bluebirds in December
by: Richard

I was looking out my Kitchen window here in Western Mass and noticed a large group of Bluebirds in the back yard. They were all looking at all the bird houses in the yard. I was told they like mealy bugs and I can get them at Agway. I hope the birds stay around they are so beautiful. Today is December 14.

Dec 07, 2014
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Bluebirds in Western Mass!
by: Anonymous

I'm living in western Massachusetts and low and behold, I just saw 4 bluebirds in the nesting box again! Probably the same ones from summer. Just wondering why they'd be here in the snowy freezing weather

Dec 04, 2014
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Bluebirds in December
by: Anonymous

I live in Durham, NC and had a box that was used twice this year. Now in December I have noticed several bluebirds going in and out of the box and also feeding at my feeders and suet stations.

Nov 16, 2014
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Bluebirds in the Fall
by: Jude

We just moved into a house in Sandy Springs, GA. The previous homeowners were kind enough to leave the bluebird house for us as they have a breeding pair returning each spring. Yesterday I noticed the pair were still here and were in the house. They defended it a few times as another bird kept trying to claim it. Fascinating.

Nov 15, 2014
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Bluebirds in November
by: Emsnana

During the Fall season, I have seen a couple of bluebirds occasionally. Today, there were 5. Two were on the suet feeder and three were in the seed dishes on the deck. I was really surprised to see this many this late in the season.

Nov 09, 2014
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Location
by: Gene

Where are you located? They can be found pretty far north.

Nov 09, 2014
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Bluebird Surprise
by: Anonymous

While looking out our living room window this morning, toward out woods out back, I noticed some movement around our bluebird feeders. It is November 9th, and I had never seen any bluebirds this late in the season. First the male checked out the house, and then the female flew in and out.
Another male was also feeding on our black oil sunflower feeder.
Highly unusual for this time of year...any ideas why?

Nov 08, 2014
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Bluebirds in Indian Trail, NC
by: Anonymous

My husband and I witnessed three pairs of bluebirds darting in and out of our one bluebird house. They were swooping all over the yard, back to the bird feeder then back to the bluebird house. This is weird because we haven't seen bluebirds all Summer or in Spring either.

Nov 08, 2014
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Caring for Bluebirds in Winter
by: Gene

Hi Bluebird Watcher,

You can keep your houses up so they can roost in them during cold nights. You can offer mealworms and fruit. (blueberries and such)

You can also offer water in a heated bird bath An open water source is important during winter.

They may move further south as harsh weather sets in looking for food.

Gene,
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Nov 08, 2014
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Edwardsville IL Bluebirds
by: Bluebird Watcher

It's November 8, 2014 and we have a couple Bluebirds fighting off sparrows for a Bluebird house in Edwardsville, IL. (about 30 minutes from St. Louis, MO).

We were amazed that the Bluebirds had not yet migrated for the winter, but then not actually sure when and where they migrate to. It's just starting to turn colder here, (53 was the high yesterday, next week will be just below 32 at night).

Assume they're checking out the house for next year but will keep an eye out during the winter and hopefully we'll have many more by March 2015.

Can anyone advise what to do during the winter to keep them safe and warm or educate on whether they migrate elsewhere?

Nov 05, 2014
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Here too !
by: Ed

I live in N Georgia and today there are four bluebirds challenging each other for the bird house in our garden.

The house has been up for several years and has hatched many bluebirds - but never before in November.

I have noticed dozens of bluebirds feeding on berries on the dogwoods on the property the last few days - again something I haven't seen before this time of year.

Oct 25, 2014
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October 25, 2014
by: Anonymous

Yes, nice to know that I am not seeing things! Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird are nesting again! I am new to Chapel Hill, and was so happy to have two broods in my 4 birdhouse condo. Right now, it looks like two sets of blue birds are building nests. I am pretty sure that I have two males and females.

Oct 21, 2014
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Bluebirds nesting in Oct. In Ga
by: Anonymous

I had just walked outside to clean my bluebird house for the winter, knowing they were done laying eggs. Low and behold there were four light blue eggs in the nest.

I had seen bluebirds going in the house last week but just assumed they were checking out the house for next year. I will keep my eye on the house now to see if these were actually laid earlier in the season and the abandoned for some reason.

Oct 20, 2014
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Bluebirds and houses
by: Trish

I also have Bluebirds still nesting and it is getting very cold here in Mideast Michigan. The day was very sunny and beautiful here yesterday, Oct 19th 2014, and the Bluebirds were making another nest.

We had just cleaned out the house a few weeks earlier as they had left but yesterday they were very active and bringing dry grass and moss into the box they had left a couple weeks ago.

Very strange I thought and told my boyfriend to keep watch as they looked like they were making a new spot to stay for the winter with all the fluff they were bringing in.

Does anyone know why they would be doing this so late in October?

Jun 19, 2014
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When to clean out the house
by: Leslie

The info was great! My bluebirds are still in and out of the nest babies too when do I clean it out or just leave it?

Mar 18, 2014
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Bluebird family in Maryland
by: Ann

It was snowing in Maryland yesterday. To my
amazement, I saw a family of six bluebirds go into
one of our boxes during the snow.

I do not know how they had enough room, but they were inside.

They stayed overnight and are enjoying life today.
The family have been here over the winter from last year.

We are also enjoying them and the other birds. I had never seen this before, just read about it.

Jan 20, 2014
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blue bird eggs mid January
by: Linda

On January 15, a week after my blue birds finished the first nest of 2014, Mama Blue laid her first egg. Today, January 20, Mama is sitting on the eggs.

We are to have freezing temperatures at night this week in Tyler TX. Last year the couple built a month later, in February, and I thought that was really early.

I am hoping that Mama and the little eggs can make it through this weather. Meal worms are coming tomorrow, so perhaps that will help.

Jan 19, 2014
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Bluebirds are back.....
by: Anonymous

Pinehurst, NC... Bluebirds are back! It is cold and windy.
The mealworms are being eaten up faster then I can keep up with!

Jan 02, 2014
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Bluebird pair
by: Linda

We live in PA,and we have a pair of Bluebirds that have been here for about a month. We are feeding them mealworms, and when it is snowing they sit up underneath of the wishing well to stay dry. I'm afraid with this bitter cold that's coming they will freeze.

Dec 12, 2013
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Bluebirds in Atlanta on Dec 12
by: Anonymous

I'm always excited to see bluebirds in the early spring. However, today - in Duluth GA which is a northeast suburb that is colder than the rest of the city - I've got a pair of them feeding almost non-stop at my feeder.

They're eating both the seeds in the tray and the suet cake. I've never seen them at this time of the year and it's been a wonderful treat today to watch them with the cardinals, woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches and others.

Nov 30, 2013
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Eastern New York
by: Joanne

It is Nov 30, 2013, I have Bluebirds in our nesting box! Its 28 degrees out there! I've put water out for them, but at this point that's all I can do ! Keeping my fingers crossed !

Nov 27, 2013
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Bluebird of happiness
by: Michigander

Was astonished to see a bluebird out the kitchen window yesterday morning. I glanced at the thermometer noting it was 32F/0C! When I looked up again more were joining it.

One became 3, then 7. As I adjusted my gaze outward I was amazed to see more than a dozen moving around the yard. The leaves have left the trees and the hedge row is barren so they were easy to spot.

This sighting was even more unusual because in the 36 years my family has been in this house (I was 3!) we have never had a single bluebird.

We have been discussing what might have brought them here since our bird feeder is uncharistically empty, and my dad mentioned that our pear tree has fresh buds. Rather it did on Monday.

What a wonderful gift this Thanksgiving!

Nov 25, 2013
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Eastern Bluebird Siting
by: Anonymous

We live in central Massachusetts and it is late November, 2013. We were coming down the road in our car and noticed a bird sitting on top of our mailbox. As we got closer, the bird flew up to the tree and I could see it was a blue bird. We got out of our car to get a better look and five more bluebirds appeared! They sat there on out lawn and mailbox for several minutes before flying into the rhododendrons we have in front of our house. It was such a nice and unexpected surprise to get, especially for this time of year!

Nov 25, 2013
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they are back!
by: Anonymous

Yes, my precious, aggravating bluebirds are BACK! And it's really cold so I presume they were looking for a warm place to get out of the wind. But they are pecking at our windows just like they did when they were nesting earlier this year. We are in Roswell, GA.

Nov 24, 2013
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November 24 2013-Bluebirds Abound
by: Anonymous

I live in middle GA. This morning I let my dogs out in the back yard and noticed a beautiful bright blue bird on the fence post, then another landed and I thought it came out of the bird house.

Next thing I knew, there were 3 pair flitting about. At one point 5 of them were perched along the fence line with one still checking out the house.

It really was an awesome sight. I would have loved to have gotten a picture, but the dogs ran by and the birds all took flight. Surely, they are not nesting or considering nesting????

Oct 21, 2013
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more Atlanta birds
by: Anonymous

I'm in Atlanta(gwinnett) and never noticed my bluebirds in the fall till yesterday. 2 or 3 pairs hanging out by their box and checking out some small houses as well.

I always take them as my sign of spring. Will they stick around or migrate?? The last few winters have been so warm

Oct 08, 2013
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My bluebirds
by: Gay B

I just noticed what I think are my original blue birds back checking out the houses in my back yard.
I couldn't imagine what they were doing this time of year- so it was good to see your comments. I am in VA, and worry it could get pretty cold - it was 48 degrees this am. I will keep watch and hope for the best!

Apr 13, 2013
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Where are my bluebirds?
by: Anonymous

I live in Atlanta and have seen many Bluebirds in my yard and my neighbors as well over the last three seasons. This year not a one have I sighted. Usually they nest in my birdhouse around February and March, but not this year. What could it be?

Lee

Jan 22, 2013
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Blue Birds in January???
by: Anonymous

We live in Northern In it is January 22 and we are below 0 and we have 5 males and 1 female drinking water. Is it too early for them this time a yr?

Wild-Bird-Watching.com

It's not uncommon to have Bluebirds in your area this time of year. As long as woodland shrubs have fruit available they'll be able to eat. Providing water in winter like you're doing is a real asset to them.

If times get too tough they'll retreat southward.

Jan 21, 2013
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Is it too early for Blue Birds? They are Here!
by: Mr Gus

today is January 21, 2013 and much to my surprise I have a pair of blue birds building a nest in my blue bird house. Isn't it too early for them? Can they find enough food this time of year? Once I spotted them I put out dried meal worms and they immediately spotted them. Is there anything else I could put out for them?

Jan 16, 2013
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Box of Males
by: Anonymous

I live in western pennsylvania. I always thought bluebirds flew south. I don't see them everyday but I do see them around.

When it gets really cold, around zero degrees or colder,they come to the boxes to spend the night.

One very cold February evening 2 years ago, the first time I witnessed this. I watched 10 males pile into the box in my backyard.

One actually got booted out and roosted in a tree very near to the box. Has anyone heard of this?

Oct 18, 2012
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BLUEBIRDS in October in Georgia!
by: rlariscy@gmail.com

I am astounded! It is October 18 and after not having any bluebirds during the summer, I have two pair back now! They are having a ball in the fountain! I had one pair in spring, then one day I went outside and the door had swung open----I was so upset! I haven't seen any since until today! I will feed them all winter if they wish to hang around!!!

Oct 19, 2011
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Blue Family Returns
by: Audrey

Our hot dry summer in Northeast Texas caused me to suspect the family of Bluebirds may have died or fled. Last week(Oct 12) all five (maybe Mom & Dad, 3 kids) were fluttering about the birdhouse, some scuffling on the ground, like a family reunion. This week it seems they've decided to build a nest, or are preparing for a winter abode? I'm going to put up a second house in hopes they'll stick together. Thank God for creating this entertainment right in my backyard!

Oct 08, 2011
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Bluebirds nesting in Marietta, GA
by: Anonymous

The summer of 2011 was a productive one! Our Bluebirds nested and had babies three times. They always had 4-5 little ones and they all survived.

We have two Bluebird boxes in our back yard, but they always chose the same one. We fed them meal worms - somewhat expensive - but the Bluebirds love them and it helped make Mama strong for the coming births, as well as good nourishment for the babies afterwards.

We placed the mealworms right outside our sunroom window so we could observe them. It is a sight to see 5 little babies, plus Mama and Papa all trying to sit around this tiny feeder at the same time.

They loved it and ate like little piggies. When it was feeding time, I or my husband would go outside and whistle - always the same whistle to summon them.

After awhile they became used to the whistle and would come flying in like jet planes out of nowhere. We had a lot of enjoyment watching them all summer and can't wait until next year.

They would make good little tax deductions if IRS allowed it as the cost of the mealworms adds up - but it is worth it!!

Apr 07, 2011
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Where are the nesting bluebirds in 2011?
by: Anonymous

I live in Atlanta, GA. I have had 3 bluebird boxes filled the past 2 years with nesting bluebirds. In February, 2011, I saw a number of bluebirds checking out the houses and feeding from the feeders. We had a cold snap in the weather in March. Now, it is in April and there are no bluebirds. Has anybody in Atlanta, GA had the same problem. I am very disappointed.

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