Keep an eye on bluebirds nesting in boxes

  • Feathered friend: bluebirds are native to Bermuda (Photograph supplied)

    Feathered friend: bluebirds are native to Bermuda (Photograph supplied)

  • A properly installed bluebird box (Photograph supplied)

    A properly installed bluebird box (Photograph supplied)

  • A bluebird nest with eggs in a bird box (Photograph supplied)

    A bluebird nest with eggs in a bird box (Photograph supplied)


The island’s bluebird season is in full swing and people with nesting boxes must do their part to keep their tenants healthy and safe, an expert has said.

Christian Chin-Gurret, the founder of bird box builders Happy Bird Co, said the company had made more box-making kits after they sold out.

He added that Bermuda’s Eastern bluebirds would continue to nest until August and boxes needed to be checked on a regular basis.

Mr Chin-Gurrett said: “If rats, mites, ants, wasps or uninvited sparrows have taken up residence, evict them.

“Keep notes on key dates — when eggs are laid, when they hatch, when nestlings fledge.”

Bluebird boxes should be on poles 3ft to 6ft above the ground to help prevent predators like rats and cats from getting to nests.

Mr Chin-Gurrett said: “For the best results the boxes need to be in the right locations.

“Bluebirds are insect eaters, so boxes should be next to open grassy areas with plentiful food sources, but with a tree or shrub nearby to provide a safe landing point above the ground.”

Eastern bluebirds are native to Bermuda, but the loss of cedar forests, use of pesticides and increased competition from introduced species like sparrows and starlings have reduced their numbers.

The species would choose to nest in holes in trees, but man-made bird boxes provide a safe alternative.

Mr Chin-Gurret said: “What we do now will ensure that we will have bluebirds around for future generations to enjoy.”

For more information about bluebirds or to order a bluebird box, visit the Happy Bird Co on Facebook or bermudabluebirdsociety.com

You must be registered or signed-in to post comment or to vote.

Published May 30, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated May 30, 2020 at 7:33 am)

Keep an eye on bluebirds nesting in boxes

What you
Need to
Know
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon

  • Take Our Poll

    • "Where is institutional racism in Bermuda most prevalent?"
    • Criminal justice system
    • 16%
    • Education
    • 23%
    • Employment opportunities
    • 39%
    • Healthcare
    • 3%
    • Housing
    • 5%
    • Income
    • 14%
    • Total Votes: 4776
    • Poll Archive

    Today's Obituaries

    eMoo Posts