Western Bluebird

Nest box Plan and Information

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Western Bluebird
© Jamie Chavez
Construction difficulty:
moderate

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Nesting Range

Western Bluebird Range Source: BNA Online

Nesting Habitat

  • Forest
  • Open Woodland

Attach Nest Box To

  • Live tree
  • Pole

Known Nesting Period

Not Nesting
Some Nesting Occurence
Nesting in Most of Range
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
Source: BNA Online

Nest Box Placement

Nest Height:
4ft
6ft

4–6 feet

Minimum Spacing:

215 feet

Facing:

East

Nest Box Measurements

Entrance Hole:

1 1/2"

Depth:

9"

Width & Length:

5 1/2"

5 1/2"

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Helpful Tips

  • Orient the nest box so that it is facing east into an open area.
  • Some mid-day shade is desirable, but if box is to be placed in full sun, it should face south.
  • Clean out old nests as soon as a brood fledges so that the nest box can be used for a second nest attempt.
  • If House Sparrows are a problem, consider drilling a second entrance hole beside the first one (so that there are two separate but identical holes on the front panel) to enable bluebirds to better defend boxes from sparrows.

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