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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Bluebirds-How we can give back.

Tru-ly,  cheer cheerful charmer, is the sound of the cheerfull Eastern Bluebird. Bluebirds first arrived in Clayton County nearly two weeks ago and are now looking for places to successfully nest and raise young. Many Iowan's can help aid in the success of nesting Bluebirds by creating and monitoring Bluebird boxes. This is a fun, exciting way to get further aquainted with the quintessential spring harbinger of Clayton County. Throughout their stay in Iowa, Bluebirds may have more than one brood of young; so do not fret if you can not put up a box right now.  Osborne Nature Center has blueboxes on display, and bluebox plans for visitors to use. 


  1. We have a bluebird house in our back yard. There is a lot of activity in and out. You say to monitor them. What do you mean by monitoring?
    Do we open the door to check on eggs? I don't want to scare them away.

  2. You can open the door to check on eggs the female typically will either fly out or stay on the eggs. Once the eggs hatch, it is recommended that you monitor the nestling bluebirds up until they are 14-15 days old. Do Not open the box after this time, as this could result in losing the nestlings right before they learn to fledge(or fly)