How Do I Attract Eastern Bluebirds?


There are three species of bluebirds found in North America. Locally, we get the Eastern Bluebird. During their nesting season (April thru September), they prefer open spaces with few trees like suburban lawns, golf courses, and parks where ground insects are easy to find. In winter, the diet of Eastern Bluebirds shifts. Residents may flock up and move to areas of scrub and young woods where fruits and berries like wild grape, poison ivy, native crabapples, sumac, and more may be found. Bluebirds use nest boxes and nesting birds can sometimes be attracted to feeders. Because their natural diet consists mostly of insects, it is very important that you don't use pesticides in your yard.

Recommended Housing

To entice bluebirds to nest in your yard, we recommend using the Wild Birds Unlimited Bluebird House. Officially approved by the North American Bluebird Society, this house provides protection from weather and extreme temperatures and features the proper dimensions and other amenities bluebirds desire. In addition, the roof opens for viewing eggs and babies, and the side opens 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.

It's a good idea to use the Wild Birds Unlimited Raccoon Baffle to prevent squirrels, raccoons, snakes or other predators from getting to the nest, as well.

Recommended Foods

The easiest time to train bluebirds to come to a feeder is when they are feeding young. To attract the most bluebirds to your feeders, we recommend offering mealworms, and Jim’s Birdacious® Bark Butter®. We carry a variety of feeders that you can use to offer these foods to your birds.

Mealworms are ideal for providing the necessary protein and nutrients to adult bluebirds and their babies.

Jim’s Birdacious Bark Butter is the perfect blend of protein and fat, and contains calcium to help support healthier bones and eggs for mother birds and their babies.