70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

Western Bluebird

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Sialia
Species: mexicana

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
La. turdus a thrush

La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. sialis a kind of bird
Aztec Mexitili god of war

About six inches long. Rich azure blue head, neck, back, rump and tail.

Reddish brown breast, flanks and a purplish chestnut patch on the upper back. Grayish blue belly. Black bill and eyes.

Western bluebirds inhabit forest edges, groves and small tree stands, open country, farms and towns in western North America in the Rocky Mountains from British Columbia, all along the Pacific Coast and the arid Southwest, to southern Mexico, overlapping the mountain bluebird range.

Western bluebirds forage for beetles, spiders, grasshoppers, crickets, caterpillars and various insect larvae. They usually watch from a perch and capture flying insects and insects on the ground. They also eat berries and other odd fruit from plants, shrubs and trees.

Feed bluebirds meal worms, wild berries and fruits occasionally so as not to make them dependent. Foraging is important for balanced diets.

Attract bluebirds by planting any of mountain ash, bittersweet, blackberry, red cedar, choke cherry, can berry bush, Virginia creeper, dogwood, elderberry, euonymus, hackberry, holly, huckleberry, juneberry, juniper, mulberry, partridgeberry, pokeberry, raspberry, smilax, false spikenard, strawberry, sumac and viburnum.

Western bluebirds build nests of sticks, grass, rubbish and feathers in natural or abandoned tree and post hollows, abandoned mud nests of cliff swallows, between tree trunks and their loose bark, barns, cabins and odd building nooks and crannies and in birdhouses.

Females lay four to six bluish white eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another three weeks.

Western & Mountain Bluebird Birdhouse

The western bluebird birdhouse (same as for the mountain bluebird), has a 5″ by 5″ floor, 12″ inside floor to ceiling and a 1 9/16″ diameter entrance hole located 10″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Use wood stock rough cut on both sides. Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes to reduce splitting wood.

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Mount western bluebird houses 3′ – 6′ high on posts in woodland clearings, shelter belt edges bordering fields, among scattered trees, or pasture fence lines about 300 yards from other western bluebird houses. Avoid constant shade, but also avoid direct sunlight through the entrance if possible.

Tree swallow houses in the vicinity of western bluebird houses will provide friendly protection from sparrows and starlings. Mount tree swallow houses between four and twenty feet high with partial sun and shade on tree trunks or posts, or hang from tree branches or under eaves.

Tree & Violet Green Swallow Birdhouse

The tree & violet-green swallow birdhouse has a 5″ by 5″ floor, 8″ inside floor to ceiling and a 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 6″ above the floor.

Use soft wood rough cut on both sides. Drill pilot holes and use corrosion resistant screws. Fix the roof with hinges and lock in a closed position with shutter hooks. You may prefer a fixed roof with a Side Opening Door.

Visit the Tree & Violet-green Swallow Birdhouse Page.
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On fence lines mount houses on the sides of posts facing the next post. The recessed position helps avoid cattle or other large animals that like to rub against them.

Monitor the boxes for unwanted squatters. Deter predators with steel posts or sheet metal wrapped around wood posts.

Remove everything and clean the box after the brood rearing season is past.

Flycatchers, chickadees, titmice, wrens, nuthatches and woodpeckers may also use these boxes.

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Western Bluebird

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Sialia
Species: mexicana

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
La. turdus a thrush

La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. sialis a kind of bird
Aztec Mexitili god of war

About six inches long. Rich azure blue head, neck, back, rump and tail.

About six inches long. Rich azure blue head, neck, back, rump and tail. Reddish brown breast, flanks and a purplish chestnut patch on the upper back. Grayish blue belly. Black bill and eyes.

Western bluebirds inhabit forest edges, groves and small tree stands, open country, farms and towns in western North America in the Rocky Mountains from British Columbia, all along the Pacific Coast and the arid Southwest, to southern Mexico, overlapping the mountain bluebird range.

Western bluebirds forage for beetles, spiders, grasshoppers, crickets, caterpillars and various insect larvae. They usually watch from a perch and capture flying insects and insects on the ground. They also eat berries and other odd fruit from plants, shrubs and trees.

Feed bluebirds meal worms, wild berries and fruits occasionally so as not to make them dependent. Foraging is important for balanced diets.

Attract bluebirds by planting any of mountain ash, bittersweet, blackberry, red cedar, choke cherry, can berry bush, Virginia creeper, dogwood, elderberry, euonymus, hackberry, holly, huckleberry, juneberry, juniper, mulberry, partridgeberry, pokeberry, raspberry, smilax, false spikenard, strawberry, sumac and viburnum.

Western bluebirds build nests of sticks, grass, rubbish and feathers in natural or abandoned tree and post hollows, abandoned mud nests of cliff swallows, between tree trunks and their loose bark, barns, cabins and odd building nooks and crannies and in birdhouses.

Females lay four to six bluish white eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another three weeks.

Western & Mountain Bluebird Birdhouse

The Western Bluebird Birdhouse (same as for the mountain bluebird), has a 5″ by 5″ floor, 12″ inside floor to ceiling and a 1 9/16″ diameter entrance hole located 10″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Use wood stock rough cut on both sides. Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes to reduce splitting wood.

Visit the Western & Mountain Bluebird Birdhouse Page. Western & Mountain Bluebird Birdhouse
Print or just view western & mountain bluebird birdhouse plansWestern & Mountain Bluebird Birdhouse Plans

Mount western bluebird houses 3′ – 6′ high on posts in woodland clearings, shelter belt edges bordering fields, among scattered trees, or pasture fence lines about 300 yards from other western bluebird houses. Avoid constant shade, but also avoid direct sunlight through the entrance if possible.

Tree swallow houses in the vicinity of western bluebird houses will provide friendly protection from sparrows and starlings. Mount tree swallow houses between four and twenty feet high with partial sun and shade on tree trunks or posts, or hang from tree branches or under eaves.

Tree & Violet Green Swallow Birdhouse

The Tree & Violet-green Swallow Birdhouse has a 5″ by 5″ floor, 8″ inside floor to ceiling and a 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 6″ above the floor.

Use soft wood rough cut on both sides. Drill pilot holes and use corrosion resistant screws. Fix the roof with hinges and lock in a closed position with shutter hooks. You may prefer a fixed roof with a Side Opening Door.

Visit the Tree & Violet-green Swallow Birdhouse Page.
Tree & Violet-green Swallow Birdhouse
Print or just view tree & violet-green swallow birdhouse plansTree & Violet-green Swallow Birdhouse Plans

On fence lines mount houses on the sides of posts facing the next post. The recessed position helps avoid cattle or other large animals that like to rub against them.

Monitor the boxes for unwanted squatters. Deter predators with steel posts or sheet metal wrapped around wood posts.

Remove everything and clean the box after the brood rearing season is past.

Flycatchers, chickadees, titmice, wrens, nuthatches and woodpeckers may also use these boxes.

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Western Bluebird

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Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Sialia
Species: mexicana

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
La. turdus a thrush

La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. sialis a kind of bird
Aztec Mexitili god of war

About six inches long. Rich azure blue head, neck, back, rump and tail.

Reddish brown breast, flanks and a purplish chestnut patch on the upper back. Grayish blue belly. Black bill and eyes.

Western bluebirds inhabit forest edges, groves and small tree stands, open country, farms and towns in western North America in the Rocky Mountains from British Columbia, all along the Pacific Coast and the arid Southwest, to southern Mexico, overlapping the mountain bluebird range.

Western bluebirds forage for beetles, spiders, grasshoppers, crickets, caterpillars and various insect larvae. They usually watch from a perch and capture flying insects and insects on the ground. They also eat berries and other odd fruit from plants, shrubs and trees.

Feed bluebirds meal worms, wild berries and fruits occasionally so as not to make them dependent. Foraging is important for balanced diets.

Attract bluebirds by planting any of mountain ash, bittersweet, blackberry, red cedar, choke cherry, can berry bush, Virginia creeper, dogwood, elderberry, euonymus, hackberry, holly, huckleberry, juneberry, juniper, mulberry, partridgeberry, pokeberry, raspberry, smilax, false spikenard, strawberry, sumac and viburnum.

Western bluebirds build nests of sticks, grass, rubbish and feathers in natural or abandoned tree and post hollows, abandoned mud nests of cliff swallows, between tree trunks and their loose bark, barns, cabins and odd building nooks and crannies and in birdhouses.

Females lay four to six bluish white eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another three weeks.

Western & Mountain Bluebird Birdhouse

Western & Mountain Bluebird Birdhouse

The Western Bluebird Birdhouse (same as for the mountain bluebird), has a 5″ by 5″ floor, 12″ inside floor to ceiling and a 1 9/16″ diameter entrance hole located 10″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Use wood stock rough cut on both sides. Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes to reduce splitting wood.

Western & Mountain Bluebird Birdhouse Plans

Mount western bluebird houses 3′ – 6′ high on posts in woodland clearings, shelter belt edges bordering fields, among scattered trees, or pasture fence lines about 300 yards from other western bluebird houses.

On fence lines mount houses on the sides of posts facing the next post.

The recessed position helps avoid cattle or other large animals that like to rub against them.

Avoid constant shade, but also avoid direct sunlight through the entrance hole if possible. Monitor the boxes for unwanted squatters. Deter predators with steel posts or sheet metal wrapped around wood posts.

Tree & Violet-green Swallow Nest Box

Tree & Violet Green Swallow Birdhouse

Tree swallow houses in the vicinity of western bluebird houses will provide friendly protection from sparrows and starlings.

The birdhouse for tree & violet-green swallows has a 5″ by 5″ floor, 8″ inside floor to ceiling and a 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 6″ above the floor.

Tree & Violet-green Swallow Nest Box Plans

Mount tree swallow houses between four and twenty feet high with partial sun and shade on tree trunks or posts, or hang from tree branches or under eaves.

Remove the nest and clean the box after the brood rearing seasons are over.

Flycatchers, chickadees, titmice, wrens, nuthatches and woodpeckers may also use these boxes.

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