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Bluebirds ~ Pictures of Bluebirds~Bluebird Houses~Attracting Bluebirds

Updated on May 30, 2016

Favorite pictures of bluebirds

The male bluebird guards his territory from a nearby branch.
The male bluebird guards his territory from a nearby branch. | Source
The bluebirds will stake out their box and defend it from intruders.
The bluebirds will stake out their box and defend it from intruders. | Source

Bluebirds Choose a Home

Eastern Bluebirds were already investigating the bluebird houses on the edge of our lawn when we returned from our winter travels in March. Two bluebird houses, placed two years ago in hopes of attracting bluebirds, are easily seen from our patio and kitchen windows, and we enjoyed watching and photographing a pair of bluebirds as they inspect both houses before deciding on their residence. The male Bluebird sits on the post above the house and chirps instructions while the female goes into the house and back out again several times. Sometimes she carries a piece of grass into one of the boxes. Then she’ll look over the other empty bluebird box again checking out the interior. It made us laugh to see the female carry a few pieces of grass into the second box, too, as it seemed she couldn't make up her mind on which was the better bluebird house.

Backyard Bluebirds Nesting

Having a nesting pair of bluebirds so close to our house is different from birdwatching in the field as it gives us the opportunity to closely observe their daily activities while they build their nest and raise their young. I keep binoculars, camera and tripod, necessary birdwatching equipment, by the widow so that I can more closely observe them and, if I'm lucky, snap a good picture of the bluebirds. Sometimes they would pose on top of the bluebird house or in nearby branches as if to say, "Take my picture!" So I did!

Bluebird Habitat

Bluebirds like to live near open areas like meadows, agricultural fields, fence rows, suburban parks and golf courses that have some old trees or patchy vegetation around them. In natural areas, bluebirds will nest in old woodpecker holes in dead pine or oak trees, sometimes as much as 50 feet off the ground. A pair of bluebirds will claim two or three acres of territory. Because they like to be at least one hundred yards from other bluebird nests, you'll seldom see two pairs of bluebirds nesting close together.

Male Bluebird

Male bluebird ready to feed the young ones.
Male bluebird ready to feed the young ones. | Source

Bluebird House Hunting ~ Location, Location, Location!

The Male Bluebird Finds the Bluebird House

Typically, the male bluebird will find a suitable nesting hole and perch on top of it fluttering his wings to attract the female. He’ll take a few pieces of nesting material and go in and out of the hole as if to say, “Look, it’s a great house!” When the female enters the nest box with him, it usually means that she has accepted the site and that they will begin nesting.

Once the female is satisfied with the location of the nest box, she does the remainder of the nest building while the male guards the territory from his perch on top of the house or from nearby trees or bushes. Bluebird nesting materials will include grasses, and pine needles, but may also include feathers or hair loosely woven into the nest.

Our bluebird box is about twenty feet from a small mimosa tree, and the male loves to sit there watching over his territory. With excellent eyesight, he can spot insects and grubs on the ground and will swoop down occasionally to catch a tasty morsel for himself or to feed his mate.

Picture of female bluebird peeking out of the nesting box

The female bluebird will sometimes peek out of the box while she is tending her eggs, perhaps hoping that her mate will deliver a tasty snack.
The female bluebird will sometimes peek out of the box while she is tending her eggs, perhaps hoping that her mate will deliver a tasty snack. | Source

Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird Start a Family

Because their nest box is so easily seen from our patio and kitchen windows, we are able to watch the bluebirds' behavior as they build a nest and begin their family. When we built and set out two boxes, we put them at the edge of our lawn near a field that is cut infrequently. Of the two boxes, the birds seem to like the one farther away from the tall trees and seem to like the proximity of a small mimosa tree that they can use as a lookout perch. Often in an afternoon, they will come to the our birdbath to drink and bathe.

Bluebirds Build Their Nest in Our Bluebird Box

Typical of bluebirds, the female does the nest building while the male watches closely. He will chase away other birds who came too close, and stand guard while she is away gathering nesting materials. Occasionally, when she goes into the box, he will look in to see what she is doing, sometimes going in for a few seconds. We like to joke that she is making him rearrange the furniture.


Photos of Bluebird Eggs and Babies in Their Nest

Our bluebirds laid 5 eggs.
Our bluebirds laid 5 eggs. | Source
These naked looking baby bluebirds are just a few days old.
These naked looking baby bluebirds are just a few days old. | Source
Baby bluebirds with fuzzy feathers are alert looking but very quiet as they wait for their parents to bring food.
Baby bluebirds with fuzzy feathers are alert looking but very quiet as they wait for their parents to bring food. | Source
Baby blue birds starting to get their feathers wait in the nest for their mother to bring food.
Baby blue birds starting to get their feathers wait in the nest for their mother to bring food. | Source

Mrs. Bluebird Lays Her Eggs

Once the nest is finished, the female lays her eggs. We occasionally peek in the box while she is out and see that she lays one egg each day until she has five eggs in the nest. Since the typical clutch is two to seven eggs, that is average. The female bluebird spends most of her time in the nest with the eggs while the male bluebird, like any attentive father-to-be, brings her choice tidbits of food, catching insects or picking up grubs from the lawn. Sometimes we see her poke her head out the entrance hole and look around as if to say, "Where's my lunch?"


Baby Bluebirds Hatch

After about twelve days, the babies begin to hatch. The average incubation period for bluebirds is 11-19 days. Since the eggs were laid a day or two apart, the chicks don't all hatch on the same day. When the first bluebird hatched, it was so ugly - only a mother could love it!. Baby bluebirds are born almost entirely naked with just a few tufts of down on their bodies (see photo). Their beaks are huge compared to the rest of their bodies, and we were afraid they would hurt each other in the crowed nest. But it isn't long before they began to develop more down, and then show signs of real feathers.

Meanwhile, the five hungry baby birds are running their parents ragged. Both parents bring food to the nest, though it seems that the male does the major food gathering. He catches insects on the ground and in the air, and is in and out of the box many times each hour. Sometimes one of the parents will enter the box with the young ones. It has be be really crowded in there!

Bluebirds fledge (leave the nest) after 16-21 days. We watch the nest closely because we don't want to miss the big event, but one day we went out for the day and came home to an empty nest! (A lot like when your teenagers go to college.) After that we sometimes catch sight of the young bluebirds in the bushes or hidden in the trees at the edge of the lawn as the male continues to supplement their feeding. Mrs. Bluebird, however, is already checking out another nest box and carrying in nesting material for her second brood!



Bluebird babies almost ready to fly

One of the young bluebirds looks around for mom and dad.
One of the young bluebirds looks around for mom and dad. | Source
Mrs. Bluebird brings some food to the babies.
Mrs. Bluebird brings some food to the babies. | Source
This little fellow looks like he'll be flying soon!
This little fellow looks like he'll be flying soon! | Source

How to Attract Eastern Bluebirds

If you want to attract these beautiful birds to your area, you can help create a bluebird friendly neighborhood by putting up some nesting boxes made specifically for bluebirds. One of the reasons that bluebird population fell in the mid 1900s was that competition for nesting sites by European starlings and house sparrows drove them out of their natural habitat. In the 1960s and 1970s when bluebird trails were established and encouraged, bluebird populations increased.

How to build a bluebird box

Because they depend on pre-made nesting holes which may be scarce, bluebirds are also perfectly happy with man-made nest boxes. They are a little fussy on how their house is designed, though. An ideal bluebird house is about 5”x5” on the bottom, 8-12” tall. It should have ventilation holes on top and drainage holes in the bottom. It has an entrance hole that’s 1 ½ inches in diameter. This may seem small, but a larger hole will encourage bigger birds to take over the site. Bluebird houses do not have perches outside the entrance hole because that would encourage sparrows or other birds to invade their houses. When more than one box is placed, they should be at least 100 yards apart.

What Bluebirds Eat

While Eastern Bluebirds don’t often visit feeders, they will feed on insects, grubs, caterpillars, beetles, spiders, crickets and grasshoppers from your backyard, so you should not use insecticides if you hope to attract them.  Some people do buy mealworms to put out on flat feeders for the bluebirds that are feeding their young.   In the fall and winter, bluebirds will also eat many different kinds of fruits and berries including  sumac, blueberries, black cherry, tupelo, currants, wild holly, hackberries, honeysuckle, bay, pokeweed, juniper berries,  mistletoe, dogwood berries.

Enjoy These Beautiful Birds

I hope that you are lucky enough to have bluebirds visit your backyard. You are sure to enjoy glimpses of their sparkling blue feathers as they hunt for grasshoppers in your lawn or fuss at the other birds who invade their territory. Maybe they'll even reward you by drinking from your birdbath and preening themselves outside your window.


A bluebird slide show

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Female bluebird feeding young.Male bluebirdFemale bluebird looks out of the box.Baby bluebird looks out of the box.Guarding his territory.bluebird eggs in the nest.baby bluebirds a couple of days old.baby bluebirds start to get down.Baby bluebirds begin to grow real feathers.Male watches as female bluebird enters the nest.
Female bluebird feeding young.
Female bluebird feeding young. | Source
Male bluebird
Male bluebird | Source
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Female bluebird looks out of the box.
Female bluebird looks out of the box. | Source
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Baby bluebird looks out of the box.
Baby bluebird looks out of the box. | Source
Guarding his territory.
Guarding his territory. | Source
bluebird eggs in the nest.
bluebird eggs in the nest. | Source
baby bluebirds a couple of days old.
baby bluebirds a couple of days old. | Source
baby bluebirds start to get down.
baby bluebirds start to get down. | Source
Baby bluebirds begin to grow real feathers.
Baby bluebirds begin to grow real feathers. | Source
Male watches as female bluebird enters the nest.
Male watches as female bluebird enters the nest.
Becky and Grandpa checking on the bluebird nest.
Becky and Grandpa checking on the bluebird nest. | Source

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      Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA

      naturegirl7s - My bluebirds have been coming back for years to nest in the same boxes. I'm sure we're getting some of the second and third generation by now! Sparrows sometimes try to use the boxes, but we discourage it.

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      Yvonne L. B. 2 years ago from Covington, LA

      I hope your blues are doing well. This is a lovely and well thought out hub with wonderful pictures and good information. I, too, have nest boxes and enjoy seeing bluebirds, Prothonotary warblers and others use them.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Midget38 - Thanks so much for stopping by again!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for flying in, Sunshine! I love my bluebirds, and do enjoy them as they raise their families in our backyard.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Visiting and sharing these lovely bluebirds again, Stephanie.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I flew in to say hello to your fine feathered bluebirds. They are such a beautiful bird.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you Peggy! It's a great time of year to learn more about bluebirds...they're busily tending to their nest and eggs right now. Babies will be along in a week or so!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stephanie,

      Now that I have a Pinterest account, I thought that this would be a perfect one to add to my birds board. You did such a great job with this hub all about bluebirds. :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Mike Robbers - Glad you enjoyed my photographs of our resident bluebirds! Thanks for stopping in to read and comment.

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Lovely photos! Amazing creatures!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      MartieCoetser - It's interesting to watch the pair of bluebirds building the next. The male is allowed to bring nesting materials, but it seems that the female is the one who's inside arranging her home to perfection. During the process, Mr. Bluebirds is always very close by watching for any threats to his territory and is quick to chase away intruders. I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub...thank you for your comments and votes!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Midget38 - Thank yo Midget! I's so glad you enjoyed our bluebirds! They do bring us a lot of enjoyment.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      This is a beautiful little bird - Sialia sialis.

      So interesting: The female does the nest building while the male watches closely.

      Beautiful, informative, well-researched hub! Voted up!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Amazing, Stephanie!! Wow, thanks for sharing the bluebirds with us, and you certainly did a wonderful job of giving them a chance to nest, observing and then photographing them! A wonderful write, which I share.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Flitter with a twitter! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Sunshine625- We do enjoy our bluebirds! I'm thrilled that they come back each year to raise a new family right in our backyard. Thanks for your sweet comments, Linda! I'm all a-twitter! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This hub is a gift that keeps on giving. Thank you Steph for creating this "tweet" for all of us to enjoy :) Bluebirds are beautiful birds.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Dana Teresa - In our case, the bluebirds did most of the work - we just provided the box in a place they decided to accept. Thanks so much for your nice comments on my photos and article! I do appreciate your support! :)

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Great info and fabulous photos! I am so happy you wrote this. It is so encouraging for a real person to share their experience. It makes it so much more interesting and makes it look easy to do!

      Sharing!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      tobusiness - I'm so glad you enjoyed my article and photographs on our bluebird family. They are a delight to watch each year as they come back to raise their young. Thanks for stopping in to comment and thanks for the share!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Torrilynn - There is nothing as lovely as a bluebird in the sunshine! I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub and photographs. Thanks for your comments and for the share!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks, Daisy! We enjoy our family of bluebirds so much each year. It was a pleasure to photograph their progress and watch the young ones grow and fledge. Thanks for stopping by...glad you enjoyed our bluebird family.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      This hub is impressive; simply stunning! Thank you for this, up and sharing.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Hi Stephanie,

      thanks for this hub on blue birds

      I find them beautiful and I like the fact that they are my favorite color

      hope to read more from you soon

      Voted up and Shared.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Stephanie,

      Your article is terrific, and your photographs are incredible! This Hub definitely deserved to be designated a Hub of the Day.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Arren123 - Glad you enjoyed the photographs of the bluebirds, and thanks for the tip and the tweet! I appreciate the share!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Dahlia Flower - This hub did attract a lot of attention when it was nominated for Hub of the Day. There are a lot of birders out there who love bluebirds! Thanks for stopping by to comment. I really appreciate the share!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Shea duane - I'm glad you enjoyed the photographs of our backyard bluebird family. Thanks for stopping by to read.

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      Dahlia Flower 5 years ago from Canada

      Wow, you earned an amazing number of comments on this and I don't wonder - it's an amazing subject and a great hub. I love all things BIRD. lol

      Voting up and sharing.

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      Arren123 5 years ago from UK

      Beautiful photos you have, thank you for sharing, voted up and tweeted. If you are a keen photographer to just like sharing you photo work maybe this site will earn you some pennies. I wrote a hub or 2 on the site https://hubpages.com/money/Cold-hard-cash-in-your-... thanks again for your wonderful photo, beautiful :)

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      shea duane 5 years ago from new jersey

      Beautiful photos!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Vinaya Ghimire - I'm glad you enjoyed the bluebird hub! Thanks so much for the birthday wishes - loved the flowers! :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Wonderful ideas and great pictures.

      Happy Birthday Stephaine!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Kelleyward - Thanks, Kelley! I'm so glad you enjoyed my bluebirds. It was a fun hub to write as my subjects were right there outside my kitchen window.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Danette Watt - Thank you! I do love birds and enjoy photographing them. These bluebirds were very cooperative subjects! :)

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      I can see why this was awarded Hub of the Day at the time. Your photos are wonderful!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Wow Stephanie this hub is amazing. I can see why it won HOTD! Beautiful birds, pictures, and great detail. Thanks for putting so much time and effort in this. I truly loved reading it! Take care, Kelley

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Faith Reaper - Bluebirds did seem to be more common when we were kids, though I'm pleased to see them coming back as people provide nesting boxes for them. Thank you for your kind comments!

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Reminds me of when I was a child and watching the blue birds in my backyard. Beautiful hub with beautiful photos. Thank you for writing this. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Lilleyth - House sparrows will try to take over the bluebird territory. We try to watch out for them and chase them away from the bluebird houses during nesting season. Bluebirds do love open areas, and golf course is probably a place they would love. Thanks for your comments and for the share!

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Bluebirds are my favorite birdie, and, yes, our North Carolina yard had dozens of the little fellas...but here on Delmarva the sparrows just drive them off as soon as they arrive. I've given up hope. Last time a bluebird landed on the bluebird house 3 sparrows dive bombed him. I do see them out in open fields here and on the golf course across the street, so they are definitely here. Loved this hub, thumbs up on everything. Shared with FB.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Moonlake - The bluebirds don't seem to mind being crowded though it has to be better if they have a little breathing room. I hope your bluebirds like their new homes! Thanks for stopping in!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      We get bluebirds in our yard they nested in a little tiny garden house. They had 5 or 6 babies and they could barely fit in the box. We now have better boxes up for them. Enjoyed your. Congrats on Hub of the Day.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      KTrapp - I shared this again today because the photograph of the baby bird looking out of the bird house is new. I'm glad you like the picture...it was the last one I took before the babies flew off on their own. Now I have "empty nest" syndrome! :(

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Kittythedreamer - I think that too many crows can scare away some of the other birds as they are not above raiding nests. They are very independent and brazen, and actually quite beautiful when the sun strikes their black feathers. Thank you for coming by to comment, Kitty!

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      Stephanie - This is not only an interesting Hub, but it is beautiful. The photos tell a story all their own. I especially love the expression on the baby bird looking out of the home.

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      Awesome, Stephanie. Simply awesome. I love bluebirds but all I seem to get lately are crows. Though I don't mind crows either! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Aviannovice - One of the very best things about spring is the arrival of the bluebirds and hummingbirds to our neighborhood. It certainly is a busy time of year for all the birds, and their early morning songs seem especially cheerful on sunny spring mornings. Do enjoy your Oklahoma birds! :)

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Voted awesome, from one bird person to another. I have seen Eastern Bluebirds here in OK, as well as many other birds. Spring is a busy time of year for those lovely winged denizens.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Christy,

      I do enjoy capturing birds in photographs- I'm glad you like the pictures of the bluebirds! Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What beautiful photos and I enjoyed learning more about the bluebirds too!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      SusanC01 - Thanks for stopping in to visit my bluebird hub!

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      Melissa Spicer 5 years ago from Kentucky

      I love this hub and your photos. Voted UP!

      Please check out my photo story of the baby birds in our magnolia tree:

      https://hubpages.com/animals/Should-You-Ever-Distu...

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Hi JKenny,

      I'm happy to share our beautiful Eastern bluebirds with you, and one day hope to visit England to see some of your beautiful birds. Thank you for your comments and votes!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Deborah,

      We found that a nesting box in the right location and a bird bath are a great way to attract bluebirds. Now is a good time to put up a bird house as bluebirds are already building their nests in some areas. Good luck with it, and thanks for your comments!

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      James Kenny 5 years ago from Birmingham, England

      What a lovely article about a lovely bird. It's a shame we don't have bluebirds in England, but we already have a pretty impressive list of garden characters. Great work. Voted up etc.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Every once in a while we get bluebirds in the backyard but they never seem to stick around. I will use this advice and get a nesting box to try to encourage them to stay. Great hub!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Nettlemere - We enjoy our bluebirds every spring when they come back to nest and raise their young. Right now our favorite pair of bluebirds has one egg in their new nest! We're watching them closely. Thanks for stopping in to read and comment on my bluebird hub!

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      What a lovely species and amazing that you were able to photograph them in the nest and become so well acquainted with them.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      sgbrown -

      I love bluebirds, too! The pair that I've featured in this hub have come back to nest this year, and I've enjoyed watching them build their new next in the bluebird box. I hope to get some new photographs of the fledglings as they leave the nest this spring. Thanks for visiting and for your comments!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I love this hub! I love bluebirds, we always have bluebirds that nest in a box we put up on a tree in the front yard. I love to watch them. Our male bluebird seems to have a "thing" for my husbands truck side mirror. He will sit in front of it and flap his wings like crazy. I think, he thinks, it is another male. Very good information and wonderful pictures! Voted up and beautiful! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      bluebird 5 years ago

      You're welcome! They are the cutest of birds, aren't they - tee hee hee! Oh, by the way, it was an excellent hub with lots of information about bluebirds. Thank you so much!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Bluebird - Love your avatar! I'm so glad you were attracted to my Bluebirds Hub! Thanks for the read!

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      bluebird 5 years ago

      Your hub is great - and it worked - IT ATTRACTED ME!!!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      lamaudraleigh - I'm so glad you enjoyed the pictures of bluebirds that live in our backyard. Thanks for visiting my hub and for your comments!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Sunshine - Thank you! We've enjoyed this bluebird family, and love that the are coming back this spring to check out our boxes again. Thanks much for stopping in to read and comment!

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      I thought your hub on bluebirds was supurb!!! Your pictures were great too!!! I now have some great gift ideas to give the bird lovers in my life!!! Thanks...voted up!!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Bluebirds are beautiful as are your photos, descriptions and hub!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Alastar - I'm touched to know that my article has helped you in any way, and I appreciate your comment so much! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Stephanie I had something written about how your beautiful article helped heal me about an occurrence from a long time ago but I choose to erase it. This is a wonderful write & pictures.

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      J.S. Matthew- Thank you for your votes and for your good wishes! I love photographing birds, and I'm so glad you enjoyed the pictures.

      FloraBreenRobison - One reason why bird watching is such a popular hobby is even city dwellers and apartment dwellers can enjoy watching birds in their area.

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      Mary Lou 6 years ago

      What a fantastic hub! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful photos. You've made my day :)

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Congratulations on being selected for the Hub of the Day!

      I really enjoyed the photos very much! Great Hub! Voting Up and Sharing!

      JSMatthew~

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      happypuppy 6 years ago

      Bluebirds are so beautiful. The baby bluebirds are so cute! You've done a wonderful job capturing them. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      Congratulations on hub of the day. These are beautiful photographs. Birds that live around my area-I live in a condo, so no yard-are crows, stellers jays, robins and sparrows.

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      C De Melo 6 years ago from Florence, Italy and WORLDWIDE

      Sorry...I just wrote the above comment, but I wrote my professional name instead of my hubber name. Thanks again.

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      Florence Insider 6 years ago

      SO CUTE! I love birds, but I live in an apartment (in a medieval city to boot). Can't wait to own a piece of land and a REAL home one day so I can put up feeders and birdhouses...

      Those photos look like the birds in Disney's Cinderella :)

      Thank you for this nice hub!

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      We have bluebirds in our yard every year. I have pictures of them on one of my hubs. We have a bluebird box but they always nest in the bird houses that are so small they can barely fit in. Have never went to our bluebird box so we're going to turn it we think maybe it's facing the wrong way for them. Enjoyed your hub.

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      I enjoyed this hub, especially the pictures. You really captured the beauty of those bluebirds and their babies! Great advice too! Voted up :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      So glad to learn more of this beautiful bird. Although we do not provide nesting for them on our property (we have a cat) we do see them in our area sometimes.

      You've included really nice photos!

      Congrats on Hub of the Day!

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      seanorjohn 6 years ago

      some stunning photos.This is such a great way to introduce young children to the life of birds. Congrats on getting hub of the day.

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Congratulations on being the Hub of the day! You have written a great article and the pictures are beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Voted up and awesome.

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Carriethomson - Glad you enjoyed the bluebird pictures, and thanks for your congrats! This was one of my favorite hubs to write.

      Manthy - I love hummingbirds, too, and really enjoy their antics at our feeders. Thanks for reading my hub!

      mattynjack707- Thanks for visiting my hub and for your comment!

      Salt - Thanks for stopping by.

      Bluebird - I can see you love birds; I love your bluebird profile picture! Thanks for your comments. I hope you enjoy reading my other hubs, too.

      HappyBoomernurse - Oh, my gosh, I haven't been able to keep up with everyone on HubPages this summer, either. It's been so hectic! Thanks for your votes and your comments. It's always great to hear from you!

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      bluebird 6 years ago

      Enjoyed your hub on bluebirds, plus all the other interesting sites you shared here. I will be reading your two cat hubs when I get a chance. Very interesting hub. I love birds myself!

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      Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      That is an amazing hub - We have hummingbirds here in Alabama , I live bluebirds and cardinals.

      Nice hub - congratulations on getting the hub of the day

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hi Stephanie! a wonderful hub and some great pictures!! a well deserved win :-) congratulations

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Don't know how I missed this one when it first came out but I'm glad I found it today. Loved the photos and the comprehensive information about bluebirds. Rated up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

      Congrats on making Hub of the Day.

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      salt 6 years ago from australia

      Beautiful.

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Jacqui2011 - I'm so glad you enjoyed my bluebird photographs. Thank you for stopping by to read and comment!

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      Mary Craig 6 years ago from New York

      Congrats on hub of the day. Really nice hub and beautiful pictures. So fortunate for you they were so close to your house!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Agvulpes - Thank you for the good wishes and for reading and commenting on my hub! We continued to enjoy the bluebirds through the summer as they raised their young and enjoyed our birdbath.

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      mattynjack707 6 years ago from Gurgaon Haryana,India.

      Stephanie Henkel Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful post.I like this.

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

      Wow, such a well deserved title of "Hub of the Day". Fascinating to read and your pics are amazing. Just wonderful. Congratulations.

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Thank you Thelma! I'm very excited to see my Bluebird Hub featured on Hub of the Day, and pleased that you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading and commenting on it!

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      Peter 6 years ago from Australia

      G'day Stephanie, firstly congratulations on luring the blue birds into your perfect bird house.

      Secondly congratulations on receiving the Hub of the Day award! It certainly is a beautiful Hub :-)

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Congratulation for the Hub of the day! I love birdwatching and your photos are beautiful. This article is very informative. Voted Up!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Hello Anna, Birdwatching is fun! It's an enjoyable hobby that brings one closer to nature. Thanks for visiting my hub!

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      Anna Sidorova 6 years ago from Russia

      Birds are interesting to observe:) it's a fun hobby!

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      Gabby G 6 years ago from USA

      blue birds are my favorite wild bird.

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for stopping by, Annie! I do love the bluebirds and enjoy watching them in our backyard. Recently, the female has been enjoying the birdbath. It's quite fun to watch!