I have always loved having wild birds in my yard. I was determined to attract a pair of nesting Eastern Bluebirds and finally have had success each year for the last 4 years!
I live in a fairly wooded neighborhood, but tried to place the houses (I have 3) far apart from each other and in as open an area as possible.
I don't use any pesticides or fertilizers on my lawn. I have LOTS of wild birds, but the bluebirds at first seemed reluctant to nest here.
My first pair chose the tiniest of the abodes, a cedar house with a side opening door. I was over the MOON when the female started laying eggs.
I carefully checked the nest daily and bought some live mealworms to feed them out of a small cup that I thumb tacked to the top of the house.
I know that was not the right thing to do now, but at the time I wasn't even sure what I was doing was going to work.
I put worms in it twice a day and prior to filling I whistled. The birds knew when I whistled that food was coming and the male did bring the fledglings back the week after they left the nest!
By now the mama bird was busy building a new nest and starting to lay eggs, but she didn't seem bothered by her other babies stomping on the roof and getting fed by the male.
This continued until the new eggs started hatching, then the male stopped feeding the fledglings.
I went on my 2nd year to have FOUR nests fledged out of this house!
This year I have had one nest in this house and 2nd one in another house. Be sure to have a metal ring around the opening to keep critters out and a pole guard or at least some petroleum jelly greasing the pole.
I have also started feeding year round, with freeze dried mealworms, keeping water available and the birds love my home-made suet which has sugar, oatmeal, cornmeal, lard and peanut butter in it.
If you haven't attracted them to your yard yet, don't give up! Keep trying, hopefully your patience will be rewarded with these marvelous birds.
We put our bluebird house right outside our kitchen window several years ago, and we've had several couples adopt the house over the years -- but never had success with keeping them there long enough to start a family.
We think we have bluebirds living in the box and the next thing we know, we see other birds coming and going, enjoying the nest built by the poor bluebirds!
This year, we witnessed the attack by house sparrows as a new bluebird couple was just finishing off their nest building.
My husband ran outside and helped the male bluebird defend his home from swooping sparrows.
The extra hand was just enough to help the bluebird defend his turf, and the sparrows left.
We watched the nest hopefully for a few weeks and while we saw bluebirds coming now and then, we couldn't be sure if it was our nest-building couple.
We worried that they may have been frightened off and new bluebirds wouldn't be interested in the box now that it had somebody else's nest in it.
After a little more than two weeks, we decided it was time to toss the old nest in hopes of attracting new tenants.
We went out and opened up the box, gently tipped the nest forward to take a peak ... and found two blue eggs!!! JOY!!!
The next morning, we watched carefully and when we spotted a blue blur leaving the box we checked the box again ... three blue eggs!
We got to work putting together a 'sparrow spooker' made from an old tomato cage and some cut up plastic bag strips.
When the bluebirds returned, they were a little upset for just a bit but now they are quite comfortable with it and we rest a little easier knowing our bluebirds have a little protection from bullies.
As of today, we are at five pretty blue eggs ... we've been at that level for three days now so we think the egg-laying is complete.