Did you know that a whopping 1/3 of all bluebirds don’t migrate South for the winter? It’s true, and that means they could be hanging around your yard scrounging for seeds or other tasty snacks! Bluebirds are one of the only birds that don’t get the “winter blues” and would actually like to stay put during the migration season. I welcome any bird to my garden (except for crows…they’re just too pesky!) so when I learned this bit of information, I set about thinking of ways that I could invite these pretty creatures into my garden ASAP. If you thought bluebirds were pretty in the spring, just wait and see how pretty they look against a white blanket of snow! Here’s how to attract bluebirds to your winter garden.
Just like humans, bluebirds like to show up when there’s food around! To bring the bluebirds to your yard this winter, make sure they have plenty of fruit and nuts to snack on! In fact, I’ve even written this post on how to create your own bird-food buffet this winter! Check it out here and you’ll notice way more wildlife in your yard!
It can be hard to provide water for bluebirds during the winter without it freezing! The birds need a basin with at least 2-3 inches of freshwater to drink/bathe in. To combat the problem of freezing water, I recommend investing in a heated bird bath (really, those are a thing!) or investing in one that has moving water of sorts. They have to have somewhere to wet their whistles after indulging in the buffet!
It’s no secret winter is full of harsh and dramatic weather conditions. The best thing you can do to attract the birds to your garden is by providing them with a shelter of sorts. Shelter, to bluebirds, comes by way of think, dense, foliage and greenery. Incorporate trees in where you can, and don’t forget thick pockets of green wherever you can. Of course, it’s hard to implement things like these in the middle of the winter, so this will require some planning during the growing season beforehand.
Provide Nesting Sites
They’ve been fed, they’ve had fresh water to drink, what else is there? Go to bed, of course! Place a variety of birdhouses around your yard and property at approximately 4-7 feet above the ground in open, exposed areas. Bluebirds are considered “cavity nesters” so birdhouses should be built appropriately. Fill with pine needles or cotton scraps.