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BLUEBIRDS

Western BluebirdsBluebirds are dependent on the open grasslands and oak savannas found in the South Puget Sound. Western Bluebirds have suffered from competition for nest sites because of the introduced European Starlings and House Sparrows. Western Bluebirds feed primarily from perches, dropping to the ground to feed on grasshoppers, caterpillars, beetles, bugs, and spiders. Insects make up about 80 percent of their diet; the rest is fruit, which is consumed from late summer to early spring. As their habitat has dwindled, so too have their numbers. Though not listed as an endangered species, the western bluebird is an uncommon bird in Puget Sound, due to habitat loss and nesting competition by non-native birds.

Update Mid-July 2013
The bluebird nest box has served as a tree swallow next box this spring and the young swallows fledged in early July.  Although swallows cannot talk one of our viewers stated “I bet they felt like yelling FREEDOM after so many weeks in that small box.  We hope the less aggressive bluebirds occupy the nest box this summer or come back next spring.



Related Links
The Prescott Bluebird Recovery Project
Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Western Bluebird
North American Bluebird Society, Inc.
Riverside Lakes Bluebird Project

To explore places to find birds in Washington - Great Washington Birding Trail