Today’s photo is of a female Eastern Bluebird that is peering out of one of my birdhouses here in Arkansas. I am sure she is sitting on eggs and stuck her head out because my dog and I were making noise on my deck. We need to be quieter because I don’t like disturbing her.
Eastern Bluebirds typically lay 4-6 eggs per clutch, and the female will incubate them for about two weeks until they hatch. It’s important to be mindful of these nesting birds and try not to disturb them, as they can be sensitive to loud noises and sudden movements.
By providing birdhouses in your yard, you can help support the Eastern Bluebird population and enjoy the beauty of these colorful birds up close. Just remember to be respectful of their space and give them the quiet and privacy they need to raise their young.
Here Are Some Tips For Attracting Bluebirds To Your Yard:
- Provide nest boxes. Bluebirds will use nest boxes that are placed in open areas, such as meadows or fields. The boxes should be mounted on a post or tree, about 5-6 feet off the ground.
- Plant native plants. Bluebirds are attracted to yards that have a variety of native plants. Some good choices include sunflowers, coneflowers, and black-eyed Susans.
- Provide a water source. Bluebirds need a source of fresh water, such as a birdbath or fountain.
- Avoid using pesticides. Pesticides can harm bluebirds and other wildlife. If you must use pesticides, choose products that are labeled as “bird-friendly.”
With a little effort, you can create a backyard that is welcoming to bluebirds and other wildlife.
- Camera: Canon EOS R7
- Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
- Location: Lavaca (Arkansas)
- Date and Time Taken: March 30, 2023 (10:26 A. M.)
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f8
- Shutter speed: 1/1600
- ISO: 2000 (Auto)
- Focal Length: 500 mm