Bluebird BirdHouse Placement.
Ideally your Bluebird nest
box should be placed facing a tree or shrub that is within 100' of the bird house, but try to have it not facing into prevailing
winds. The reason we have it facing a tree or shrub is so that the Bluebird can see the entrance hole from a perch nearby,
and also so the young, when leaving the nest, have a perch in sight to fly to. The area around the site of the nest box should
be open, as in a lawn, field, apple orchard, or a cemetery.
bird houses to a fence post or a pole, a
tree is also possible but less desirable because of easier access by predators. Hang it at a height of 5' if possible but
between 4' and 6' is ok. Even on a post or pole there is a danger from predators, so if you are able to install a predator
guard on the post or pole, the odds increase for a successful outcome.
If you have problems with
house sparrows taking a nest box, you can always put up another house 10' to 15' away for another chance of a Bluebird taking
If you face the problem of wrens taking over your occupied bluebird birdhouses,
we may have the solution with the use of a nest box with wren guard.
feed on insects, so avoiding pesticide use will increase chances of attracting birds. Another way to increase the odds of
attracting Bluebirds is by supplying nesting material near by in the way of pine needles or soft dry vegetation like grasses.