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What is a bluebird?

A few years back, I had a Nissan Bluebird. A beautiful car
Had one but sold it about five years ago . Very rare
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Here in Ford country all the bluebirds disappeared. There was nothing left but Thunderbirds. Now they've become extinct. Still a lot of Mustangs around, though.
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Now, if you're looking for a real Blue bird...
Nobody is kicking a Steller's Jay out of it's nest.
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And then there was the old radio program where the Indian with the slight speech impediment would greet with ""And may the bluebird of happiness s(h)it on your shoulder.....
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What a beautiful bird. Thanks for posting

Here's a nesting box made from am old fence pail. Hopefully it will attract tenants this spring.
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For bluebirds as for as predators - raccoons, snakes, and probably cats are the biggest problem. I put my boxes on post where I installed a baffle, but not sure if you can find one. You might could make a baffle out of sheet metal or an old stove pipe. I occasionally get wens taking over the box. The hole is too small for starlings. If house sparrows start to build a nest in the box, generally the male will put a few sticks in the box then set on the top singing to attract a female. I place a small mouse trap in the box and it catches his leg, but can't get the trap through the hole. I open the box and release it. For some reason it decides this isn't a friendly neighborhood.

As for the number of boxes - I would say 3 or 4, but don't put the too close together because they will fight.

I placed mine about 5 feet off the ground and if possible not facing the south and west because of the evening sun shining in the hole. I either drill a 1 1/2" hole or overlapping 1 3/8 in holes - that is what I did with the latest batch. I also make it so one side pivots so I can clean the box. I generally wait until around Thanksgiving to clean the box out. I can make two boxes out of a 1 by 6 by 10' board. These are made of poplar. I leave the inside unfinished, but paint the outside to make them last longer.

I do not have plans. Like I do most of my stuff, I wing it. Malcolm / Kentucky USA

Oh, on the side that pivots, that side has to have clearance at the top for it to swing open, have to have a place at the bottom for you to get you fingers on it to open and it has to be loose enough for it not to bind.
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I always thought Blue Bird boxes were to be placed overlooking a field so they could feed on bugs.

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Here's a chart showing bird house dimensions, opening hole sizes, and mounting heights for about 25 species. I've been saving the PDF for a long time and don't remember where I found it.
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