For the first time in recent memory, I have two pairs of bluebirds in my yard. They seemingly get along fine – now. But come spring and nesting time, the feathers will fly.
One of the pairs – I think the birds that raised a brood in my yard last summer – inspects the bluebird house on the fence every single day. The male will fly to the hole, peek in, occasionally go inside and turn towards the hen and say, “Yep. This is our house.”
I often see bluebirds in late winter, checking out future nesting sites, but for this pair, it’s been every day for the last two months. I hope they don’t get buyer’s remorse.
As I write about quite often, the way to attract bluebirds is with fresh water that doesn’t ice over and sunflower hearts or chips, which they can digest like berries. Every single bird in my back yard will eat the sunflower hearts. It is the universal bird food.
I have found that Wal-Mart has the best buy on sunflower hearts. They sell a small bag – I think about 5 or 6 pounds – for just $6.99. I buy a bag every time I go there. If I don’t, my back yard birds sure let me know about it.