Bluebirds Project

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spaceBluebird video at NGS

spaceEggs Fact Hunt

spaceBirds Book online

spaceBirds Facts Activity

spaceLearn about Nests


spaceCitizen Science Projects

spaceFields, Meadows EcoUnit

Other Nestbox residents:

spaceTree Swallows

spaceEnglish Sparrow


spaceWren Chicks




Bluebirds Project - Feeding

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female bluebird on outside of box

The mother bluebird does not always enter the box.
She often feeds the chicks through the hole.

We did not provide a perch. Bluebirds do not need one. But other birds will find the house more appealing if it has one. The entrance hole is 1 1/2" wide. This lets bluebirds in, but keeps out starlings. The European Starling and the English Sparrow are non-native birds that compete with bluebirds for nesting sites.

I feed the bluebirds mealworms. I buy them at the local fish bait shop. Each day, I place a few in a blue bowl. I tap the bowl on the stump when I put in the mealworms. This tells the bluebirds the mealworms are there. They come quickly to get the them. I noticed the bluebirds gather several of the larva in their bills, before they fly to the nest box. The birds may eat them or feed them to their nestlings.

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Female bluebird gathers mealworms in her bill.

I have planted an extensive habitat garden with native species of trees, bushes and vines that provide berries the bluebirds favor. Native Dogwood trees, American Mountain Ash, Shadbush, viburnums, winterberry bushes and wild grape vines are examples of bluebird favorites. Their berries provide vital winter food to bluebirds, as well as, other native bird species. Berry filled bushes help several birds survive during the winter months.

Northeastern US native trees, shrubs, and vines will provide fall and winter food for bluebirds.

Use the PLANTS Database to verify that the trees or bushes you are planting are native to your region.

Be wary of introducing invasive or noxious plants.


Ten Birds That Help Control Garden Pests

Explore using Live Insects in a Classroom Mealworms and decision making


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Tree Swallow / English Sparrow / Wren / Nuthatch / Tufted Titmouse / Chickadee

Main Bluebird page | Bluebird photos

BirdSleuth: Investigating Evidence - free materials from Cornell University

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2002 Cindy O'Hora, Updated 5/2008, Posted May 2002 address

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