How to Attract Bluebirds
There are three species of bluebirds found in North America, including Eastern, Western and Mountain Bluebirds. They prefer open spaces with few trees like suburban lawns, golf courses and parks. Bluebirds use nest boxes, and they can be attracted to feeders.
To entice bluebirds to nest in your yard, we recommend using one of the many Bluebird Boxes offered by Wild Birds Unlimited. All officially approved by the North American Bluebird Society, these houses provide protection from weather and extreme temperatures and feature the proper dimensions and other amenities bluebirds desire. In addition, all open for viewing eggs and babies, and for easy cleaning. Available in durable wood or recycled plastic.
Using the Wild Birds Unlimited Advanced Pole System®, place the house at a safe, desired height of about five feet. This height is optimum for bluebirds, and it allows you to easily monitor their progress. Since Bluebirds are probably the most Human Gregarious birds, "monitoring" is very important - talk to one of our Certified Backyard Bird Feeding Specialists about the monitoring process.
Location - Location - Location
The bluebird box should be in an open area that gives you good visibility of the birds activity at the nestbox. There should be clear skies, no branches above the nestbox. The box should be relatively close, 12 to 25 feet from where you come and go from your house, and it should be on a baffled pole. Never mount your bluebird box on a tree, fence or on a building There should be nothing on the ground within 6' of the pole.
Use the Wild Birds Unlimited Raccoon Baffle to prevent squirrels, raccoons, snakes or other predators from getting to the nest.
To attract the most bluebirds to your feeders, we recommend offering mealworms, Wild Birds Unlimited Suet Snacks, hulled sunflower seed and Jim's Birdacious Bark Butter, The WBU Dinner Bell feeder is one of the best for bluebirds since it can hold mealworms, suet nuggets, and seed while providing protection from the elements and a stable perch for several birds at once.
Mealworms are ideal for providing the necessary protein and nutrients to adult bluebirds and their babies and is their favorite food. "Yum-Yum".
Since bluebird beaks are unable to crack open seed shells, the only seed they enjoy are the hulled sunflower chips. Many Wild Birds Unlimited seed blends, such as Choice and Supreme, contain hulled sunflower seeds which the bluebirds will pick out. We also carry pure Sunflower Chips. Bluebirds will come to any feeder they can perch on that contains the chips.
Suet nuggets, which are rolled suet with ground nuts and raisins, provide protein and fats for energy. They also come with Hot Pepper to discourage squirrels and other mammals.
Jim’s Birdacious Bark Butter is the perfect blend of protein and fat, and it will keep them going regardless of the weather.