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Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Sialia
Species: sialis


13 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

North Haven, Connecticut
Brooksville, Florida
Clermont, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Quincy, Florida
Sorrento, Florida
Alpharetta, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia
Byron, Georgia
Canton, Georgia
Hull, Georgia
Jonesboro, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Mcdonough, Georgia
Monticello, Georgia
Young Harris, Georgia
Coatesville, Indiana
Hebron, Kentucky
Irvine, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Hammond, Louisiana
Longville, Louisiana
South China, Maine
Cambridge, Maryland
West Wareham, Massachusetts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Paw Paw, Michigan
Remus, Michigan
Tecumseh, Michigan
Walled Lake, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)
Monticello, Minnesota
Red Lake Falls, Minnesota
Biloxi, Mississippi
Como, Mississippi
Natchez, Mississippi (2 reports)
Brunswick, Missouri
Cole Camp, Missouri
Conway, Missouri
High Ridge, Missouri
Protem, Missouri
Saint Robert, Missouri
Salem, Missouri
Franklin, New Hampshire
Warner, New Hampshire
Woodstown, New Jersey
Croton On Hudson, New York
Himrod, New York
Livingston Manor, New York
Southold, New York
Yonkers, New York
Cary, North Carolina
Concord, North Carolina
Durham, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Gastonia, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports)
Wake Forest, North Carolina
West End, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Bucyrus, Ohio
Corning, Ohio
Geneva, Ohio
Mansfield, Ohio
North Ridgeville, Ohio
Williamsburg, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Muskoka, Ontario
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Meshoppen, Pennsylvania
New Milford, Pennsylvania
Scottdale, Pennsylvania
Clover, South Carolina
Dillon, South Carolina
Okatie, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Taylors, South Carolina
Elizabethton, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Sevierville, Tennessee
Summertown, Tennessee
Cleburne, Texas
Dayton, Texas
Humble, Texas
Huntsville, Texas
Magnolia, Texas
Mart, Texas
Nacogdoches, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Spring, Texas
Waxahachie, Texas
Willis, Texas
North Ferrisburg, Vermont
, Virginia
Edinburg, Virginia
Ferrum, Virginia
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Penhook, Virginia
Walkerton, Virginia
Lea Hill, Washington
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

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Member Notes:

Positive REBLOOMER On Feb 16, 2009, REBLOOMER from Cary, NC
(Zone 7b) wrote:

I saw my first Eastern Bluebird when I moved from MI to NC. I was startled at how blue they were. Beautiful birds.

Positive Malus2006 On Apr 28, 2009, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN
(Zone 4a) wrote:

They like open habitation with at least some weedy spot or grassland habitation. Cavity nesting so prefer birdhouses.

Positive DarrinDidIt On Jan 13, 2010, DarrinDidIt from Alpharetta, GA wrote:

This time of year, particularly, Bluebirds will come to feeders supplied w/shelled seed. Their bills are unable to crack sunflower and other large shelled seed types. It is so great to see them this close!

Positive ladybug_pc On Feb 18, 2010, ladybug_pc from Mcdonough, GA
(Zone 7b) wrote:

A pair of bluebirds nested in one of my boxes late last spring. Only one nestling survied. One egg did not hatch and one baby bird did not survive. I think this was due to the poor quality of bird house that had poor ventillation. I replaced this birdhouse this year with a better quality bird house with full ventilation slits in the back and in the front. I also use baffles around the entrance holes to deter predators. I hope to have more success this year.

Positive ChiliMaster On Apr 11, 2010, ChiliMaster from Lake Geneva, WI wrote:

Two pairs of Eastern Bluebirds arrived around the 1st of April and are actively feeding on meal worms from our bird feeder

Positive WineofLife On Apr 12, 2010, WineofLife from Salem, MO
(Zone 6a) wrote:

I saw my FIRST TRUE BLUEBIRD here in MO at my Birdfeeders in my front yard. Beautiful!!!

Neutral ZoeV On Apr 12, 2010, ZoeV from Humble, TX wrote:

Chickadees had taken over one of my 2 bluebird boxes and there were 4 eggs in it a week ago. I had bluebirds nesting in the other box.

Well, I sat for 20 min. yesterday watching a blue bird couple go into the box of chickadees while fighting off the chickadee parents. They went in 4 times and came out with a newly hatched chick and flew off with it in their beak. All the while the chickadees are diving and trying to stop them. After I saw 4 babies carried out I knew it was over. So I went out and cleaned out the box so the blue birds could build theirs.

Maybe you have witnessed this before, but it was my first. I didn't know they were so aggressive! It was an interesting incident.
Just thought I would share.

Kingwood, Texas (north of Houston)

Positive Lin52 On May 14, 2010, Lin52 from Tecumseh, MI wrote:

I live southern Michigan and I've had Bluebirds for the last 3 yrs. I've lived here. They stayed the winter this year and i fed them meal worms all winter...The pair began making a nest in one of the nesting boxes i have ....unfortunately the sparrows caught the female inside the nesting box and killed her...The male comes every morning and lets me know he's ready for his meal worms...I watch him as he sits atop the nesting box....I wish they were a little more aggressive and chase the sparrows away...
Tecumseh, MI

Positive SassyBrat326 On May 15, 2010, SassyBrat326 from Ferrum, VA
(Zone 7a) wrote:

This is my first year of "blue birding" and I have had so much fun. First crop fledged last week and as far as we can tell, they all survived. Have had fun watching the fledgelings practice their flying.

We can't be sure if it's the same pair or not, but nest building has already resumed for another brood. We've put a second nest box up in the front (not in line of sight of the first) and since we are very rural, on an acre lot, with adjacent woodlands on one side and in back, we are hoping to witness two mating pairs at once.

Both boxes were up in early spring, but could be seen from each other. We did see a second pair checking it out, but have since learned they don't like to be within sight of each other. One box was purchased and my hubby made the other. I think it's nice that the mating pair did select the "quality constructed" home made one!

Positive Doppler On Jun 28, 2010, Doppler from Rosseau, ON
(Zone 5a) wrote:

Have a successful nesting in one of our Blue Bird boxes... four eggs, four fledglings as of late June 2010.

Tree Swallows in a couple of other boxes.

We are located near Parry Sound, Ontario. About two hours north of Toronto.

Positive BillandJan On Aug 23, 2010, BillandJan from New Milford, PA wrote:

I had a pair raise 5 young this early spring/summer. After about two weeks they cam back and rebuilt a nest. I stayed away for two weeks and then checked the box. There were three eggs in there that were destroyed. Another bird must have run them out. I watched a pair of wrens chase bluebirds out of a nest box last year.

Neutral themikeman On Aug 31, 2010, themikeman from Concord, NC
(Zone 7a) wrote:

I love the beautiful color of these eastern bluebird, when i was a kid in upstate new york you almost never saw one, here in central north carolina they are much more plentiful. I put up some bird houses the last two years, and was overjoyed when bluebirds moved into them..HOWEVER, a little black and white chickedee couple moved into a different one, and I witnessed a male bluebird that already had a nest in a birdhouse in the front of the property attack with his other female bluebird mistress the chickedee couples birdhouse. they did not succeed in chasing the chickedees from the nest but when the chickedee babies were born his female mistress bluebird tried to attack them and still try to steal the nest even though she already had her own nest by this time. The female in the front yard, the first wife was also quite aggressive to any other female near here nest and often got in fights with this mistress in the back and eventually got a large permanent peck mark and ruffled feather indentation on the back of her head.These squables could be fatal. "these birds are usually admired as wholesome role models someone once said; but watching them is more like a soap opera" !!! mike.

Positive bluebirdsnbells On Apr 14, 2011, bluebirdsnbells from Stafford, VA wrote:

This is my 4th season with the bluebirds. I have a nestbox with 4 eggs as of today and I expect one more tomorrow before the female begins the incubation. Over the past 3 years we have had 21 fledglings. I expect this brood to fledge around May 15-16.

Positive ladyincleburnet On Jun 7, 2013, ladyincleburnet from Cleburne, TX wrote:

Love having bluebirds in my yard. If you have bird houses, beware! Do a bit of research on the House Sparrow, HOSP. These sparrows (not all sparrows) are little terrorists when it comes to bluebirds. They will actually go into the bluebird house and murder the parents as well as the babies. If that isn't bad enough, they build their own nest right on top of the slaughtered Bluebird family. They will cut your Bluebird population way down. This has actually happened in our yard. After doing a little research, I hung colored streamers from the top of my Bluebird occupied bird house. The streamers did not bother the Bluebirds, but did keep the HOSP away. No guarantee that it will always work, but so far so good.

I have learned so much from watching my bluebirds and researching on my computer. I never knew that baby bluebirds are born complete with little disposable diapers, fecal sac, how cute.

Often feed live mealworms. Have never had luck with dried mealworms.

Positive jaguarlady53 On Apr 29, 2014, jaguarlady53 from Natchez, MS wrote:

I am so excited to have a Bluebird family in my box this year. We had a big problem with Sparrows trying to take over the box one evening and the next morning. We (me,my grandson, mom and dad Bluebird) were all fighting them off. She just could not handle them all by herself. The dad would leave to get food leaving the mom to fight them off. They would attack her while she was inside feeding her babies. I couldn't find any live meal worms so I tried crickets. They loved them. I wasn't sure if they would go into a cardboard box but they did. I had hardly turned and taken a couple of steps till mama bird was in the box. I ended up going and getting more since they loved them so. I put 2 rows of packing tape around the top of the box and that keeps the crickets inside. They didn't have to leave the nest unprotected to search for food or leave mom there to fight by herself. Finally the Sparrows gave up. Everything is back to normal now. Yesterday was the first day to see little faces looking out the hole. I really think if we hadn't stepped in and helped they would have killed the babies and maybe the mom. I found some dried or baked mealworms at Wal Mart but they wouldn't touch them. I am not feeding them now as not to spoil them. They go on about thier busniess and don't mind me being around.

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