We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
124 Brucewood Road
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Phone: (910) 246-0002
Fax: (910) 246-0004
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Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Because bluebirds lack a strong bill to excavate a cavity for nesting, they depend on finding the used cavities of other birds or man-made houses. Bluebird populations had declined steadily over the years due to habitat loss. But, thanks to man-made houses, they are making a comeback. Our Wild Birds Unlimited bluebird boxes are designed with the birds in mind. They are designed for easy monitoring of the nest. The top can be lifted for viewing without disturbing the nestling and for easy photography.
(It is not recommended to open the box day 12 or after as this may cause fledglings to leave the nest too early.) The side is easily opened at the end of the nest season for cleaning. It important to clean out old nesting material that may harbor parasites.
Bluebird boxes need to be kept away from shrubs and tree lines (100 ft or more). Face the box away from prevailing winds (facing south) and mount boxes approximately 5 feet high.
Have boxes up by February (southern areas) and by March in northern areas.
Bluebirds have been known to roost during colder months in nesting boxes and can be attracted to roosting boxes.
If swallows compete for the nest site, place another box near the first (15 to 25 feet from the original house). Swallows will help keep other swallows away from both boxes. In areas where there are violet green swallows and tree swallows along with bluebirds, place three houses, one for each species. They seem to tolerate overlapping territories of other species, but not their own.
One important item to mention to customers is that sparrows and wrens may try to take over a bluebird nesting box. They may make it to the bluebird box first or they may try to force the bluebirds out.English House Sparrows are notorious for breaking bluebird eggs and even killing the hatchlings. If customers are warned that this could be a possibility, they may not be as disappointed if it does happen. The only way to help reduce this possibility is to make sure the house is mounted away from the edge of trees or away from human dwellings and to clean out sparrow nests regularly (sparrow nests are sloppy and frequently fill the box).
Bluebirds primarily eat insects when available and supplement this main diet of insects with various fruits and berries. Raisins, nut meats, sunflower chips and prepared food such as WBU Suet Snacks and meal worms are all readily eaten by bluebirds.
Bluebirds can be attracted to feeders. Providing an easy source of food allows bluebirds to spend their energy on nest building and caring for their young instead of foraging for food.
Bluebirds need to "learn" to eat from a bluebird feeder. Feeders should have a platform underneath the entrance hole so that food can be placed on the platform while the bluebird is learning to go inside the feeder to eat. Bluebird feeders were designed to make it harder for other species of birds to reach the food. Any bird that is the size or smaller than a bluebird could potentially fit into the feeder. Sometimes it takes putting food on a tray close to the bluebird feeder before the bluebirds catch on.
• It takes two to five days for female to complete nest.
• Females build the nest alone. Males will carry nesting material during courtship.
• Nests are light and airy, consisting of fine grass or pine needles, hair and maybe a few feathers, with a small cup shape in the center.
• Possible parasites are blowfly larvae which can seriously weaken nestlings.
• Pesticides; (pyrethrins or rotenone or any others), are not recommended as bluebirds are thin skinned and sensitive to toxins. Diatomaceous Earth can be placed under the nest. This will cause the larvae to sustain cuts which help to dehydrate their bodies.
• Old material may be partially removed by bluebirds. It is best to clean out old nests for the birds.
• Bluebirds may come and go during several weeks before completing one nest.
Studies are finding that the male from the first brood will come back to help feed the young (usually female) of the second brood.
• Swallows have been known to help bluebirds raise their young and then use the nest box once the bluebirds have fledged.
Q: I saw a bluebird in my yard. Do you think it would come to my feeder?
Bluebirds are typically insect and fruit eaters. You can try feeding mealworms or Bluebird Choice to the bluebirds. Place a small amount of mealworms on the ledge of the bluebird feeder until the birds get used to finding the mealworms. The bluebirds will learn to go into the feeder for mealworms. It is really fun to watch the young bluebirds ‘beg’ for the worms!
As spring ushers in a revitalized energy to your backyard, it is time to begin preparing for new and returning diners and nesters. Look forward to a front-row seat to view the many charming behaviors of the backyard birds throughout the spring and summer months.
Some of the most entertaining backyard bird performances debut during the mating and nesting seasons. Don't miss the show in your backyard, thinking it’s okay to stop feeding birds just because the weather is getting warmer.
When the first blooms lure you into your backyard, recognize that the birds aren’t far behind. But first it’s time for a little spring cleaning.
Use a coarse Wild Birds Unlimited brush to do away with accumulated debris from wooden feeders. Hot soapy water does the trick along with some scrubbing, but don't use chemicals because wood is porous and will absorb them. Then, rinse and dry the feeders thoroughly before refilling them with seed.
To clean tube-feeders, soak them in a mild bleach solution and use a long-handled brush to scour the crevices but take care to rinse, rinse, rinse. Again, allow the feeders to dry completely.
Here’s a handy tip to get to those hard-to-reach places in hummingbird feeders. Toss a cupful of uncooked rice inside the feeder and then add a solution of one-part vinegar to four-parts water to the top of the feeder; replace the lid and shake vigorously. Once the feeder is clean, discard the rice and solution, then rinse and dry the feeder thoroughly. Before adding fresh nectar, go back with a small Wild Birds Unlimited brush to clean the feeding ports too.
A combination of elbow grease and hot soapy water is the best technique to refresh bird baths. If using a mild bleach solution to help control algae, use plenty of clear water and rinse several times. Vinegar and water helps remove mineral deposits.
Stop by for expert advice and the tools you’ll need to maximize your enjoyment of watching wild birds during this wondrous season of renewal. With the right feeder to attract a particular bird, or a nesting box to watch a new brood of babies, you’re sure to see a great show. From bird baths and binoculars to brushes and books, Wild Birds Unlimited has everything you need.