The male is in charge of locating the ideal nesting spot, but the female has the final say. Eastern Bluebirds prefer to build their nests in tree holes, abandoned woodpecker nests, or nest boxes built especially for them. The female generally requires four to five days to build a nest, using twigs, grass, hair and dry leaves. When the time comes, she lays four to six light-blue colored eggs and broods for 13 to 15 days. The male sometimes brings her food and helps with the brooding. Once born, the baby birds learn to fly after about 19 days. Their first flight can take them as far as 328 feet (approximately 100 m ). Once the baby birds are ready to leave the nest, Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird start preparing for a second brood. There are two egg-laying cycles per season in the north and four cycles in the southeastern U.S. You too could witness this wonderful event by hanging a nest box in your own backyard.
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Faced with a shrinking number of open habitats and nesting sites, the Eastern Bluebird population has declined sharply in the last decades. But the trend is being reversed thanks to the growing popularity of nest boxes and nest box trails. To hear the melodious sounds of this colorful songbird, simply hang a little birdhouse 6.5 feet from the ground (2 m) in a quiet corner of your backyard. Make sure the birdhouse floor is 5 x 5 in. (13 x 13 cm), and the entrance hole 1.5 in. (38 mm). If you build it, they will come. So, be patient.
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