When Lisa of Greenbow and her husband were visiting here on Sunday, the guys mentioned that they'd seen a bluebird. I've only ever seen a bluebird one other time in my entire life and that was about three years ago, while working in the vegetable garden. When they casually and unexcitedly stated they'd seen one, I almost didn't believe them.
I'm a believer now.
Last night, while Romie and I were out working in the yard, we saw a bluebird fluttering at the opening of the bluebird house we'd put up when we saw that first one years ago. Romie kept an eye on him while I ran to the house for my camera. He was still there when I returned and I snapped a couple of nice photos of him.
We had another bluebird house that my dad had made, but we'd not put it up yet, because we weren't sure where to locate it. Having a bluebird right before our eyes forced the decision and we immediately hung it at the far end of the grape arbor.
This morning, as I was eating my bagel and doing my morning walk-through back in Max's Garden, I kept my eye out for the bluebirds. In a matter of minutes, there he was, and his mate, too! They both entered the older house, then came out a few minutes later.
Not long after, the male flew over to the grape arbor and entered the house we'd just put up. So it's looking rather favorable that we'll have baby bluebirds one day!
Though we haven't followed all the rules for luring bluebirds to our property, I wanted to share a few of them, just in case you're hoping for bluebirds, too.
- Bluebirds like open spaces, so place your bluebird house away from trees and vegetation as much as possible.
- Place the house no more that 4-5 feet off the ground.
- Face the opening of the house towards the east or south, so that it's warmed by the sun.
- The opening needs to be away from prevailing winds, so if the wind is generally from the west where you live, face the house east.
- Other birds, such as wrens and swallows, also like to use bluebird houses, so erecting two houses increases your chances of having a bluebird take up residence.