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Our Bluebird setup

7 months ago
last modified: 7 months ago

First and foremost; This is NOT a recommended bluebird house style or location.

We put this bluebird house in our yard in 2015. It is attached to metal, unused basketball pole. It is under a maple tree, faces north and is about 40ft from our house. The area around us is rural and mostly farmland.

Since then we have had 2 clutches of 4-5 bluebirds hatch and fledge every year without any issues. Howevre, last year a house sparrow went in and killed all 5 babies.

So this year, as soon as the first egg was in the nest, we put up strips cut from a mylar balloon. There are now 5 eggs in the nest and so far, no signs of house sparrows being near the house at all. Mom and Dad don’t seem to be bothered by the ’sparrow spookers’ . They still hang out on the crossbar or the roof of their house, and they still come to the feeder when we call to them.

Like I said in the beginning, this is not the recommended setup for bluebirds, but it works for the bluebirds that come to our house. Both my husband and I are disabled and could not manage the proper placement of the house or the sparrpow spookers, so we did the best we could.

So far, it is working.

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