The Eastern Bluebird is a 6-inch bird that can often be found in gardens and farmland. Male Eastern Bluebirds can be described as having bright blue upper parts, white bellies, and reddish breast. Meanwhile, female Eastern Bluebirds often have grayish blue heads and backs, light blue wings and tails, and buffy throats and breasts. Over the years, there has been a drastic drop in bluebird populations but they seemed to have staged a comeback in the last few years. In New York, the bluebird is the official state bird and there has been much work done in the city to protect the species.
Eastern Bluebirds don’t migrate as much as the other types of bluebirds. On the rare times they migrate, they tend to avoid heavy snows and move southward to look for food supply. In making feeders for Eastern Bluebirds, remember to put perches, sparse ground cover, and a lot of insects. The Eastern Bluebird prefers moderately sized insects like beetles, grasshoppers, and spiders.
Bluebirds readily accept artificial nesting cavities so putting well-designed bluebird boxes in suitable habitats improves cavity nesting sites. Remember to put a lot of water sources and scatter mixed berries and fruits such as red cedar and blueberry.