Thursday, February 13, 2014

SUCCESS!


One of my cigar box birdhouses managed to attract about the most useful local bird species to my yard:


The blurry photo (thanks, telephoto lens) isn't the best, but you can see the female on the bottom has a bit of nest-building material in her beak.

Apparently, 2/3 of a bluebird's diet consists of insects. They also hatch multiple broods per year.

I wasn't sure if the size of this box would attract them... I'm very pleasantly surprised. This is, of course, part of my new "make more habitat" plan for the food forest.

I need to hang more boxes.

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4 Comments:

At February 13, 2014 at 9:58 AM , Blogger jean said...

Great use of a cigar box. Having such creatures are a great boon for your food forest, too. Of course, I'm sure you already knew that!

 
At February 13, 2014 at 10:49 AM , Blogger Elizabeth Hart said...

Still waiting to see these bird houses of yours up for sale!

 
At February 13, 2014 at 7:16 PM , Anonymous myamuhnative said...

The unknown bird is a Carolina Wren.They eat lots of bugs and will nest in just about anything near your house-Shoes included!
Great to see that the bluebirds are building a nest. It would be really beneficial if you make your boxes with swing out doors so you can clean out the nest material after the babies fledge. With a little assistance you can get quite a few batches of babies from a single pair of Bluebirds.
Google for more info...

 
At February 13, 2014 at 9:05 PM , Blogger PioneerPreppy said...

Watch em close and make sure the wrens don't chase em out. Nothing can keep a garden insect free as well as a pair of nesting Bluebirds.

 

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