Bluebirds – Our New Neighbors

In our way of thinking here at Serendipity Farmhouse, our community needs Eagle Scouts and SFH needs bluebirds. So, what’s the connection between the Eagle and the bluebird?

Last year, our Knights of Columbus council sponsored a young man and his Eagle Scout service project. A member of our parish, his goal to was build a large number of birdhouses, designed specifically to provide shelter to Eastern Bluebirds, and to place them throughout the county.

To make a long story short, he was highly successful in that project. As you drive through the county you will see how his hard work and initiative have payed off. You can see the birdhouses that he and his fellow Scouts constructed in parks, near private homes, and in our parish cemetery. Yes, we even have one here at Serendipity.

You might ask, do these birdhouses really attract bluebirds?

Here are three pictures taken just a day ago that answer that question quite well.

 

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It was my great honor last August to present this new Eagle Scout the Knights of Columbus certificate for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and a letter of congratulations from Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight.

Also, it is our distinct pleasure here at SFH to have bluebirds as new neighbors.

 

4 thoughts on “Bluebirds – Our New Neighbors”

  1. Being a ‘bird lover’ this is a great post tonight. My kind of ‘neighbors’ back east but of course we have the Western version out on the open fields. They don’t frequent ‘houses’. Wait until the ‘hatch’ begins!! And then the ‘fledge’.

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  2. Very sweet. I’m curious if your Bluebird house will permit other types of guests. How does it work that a Bluebird house attracts Bluebirds?

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    1. The design is optimized for bluebirds, by size of entrance hole, height from ground level, and direction that the house faces. So, the hole will be just big enough for small birds (robins – no way), it will be approximately six feet from the ground level, and the best direction is facing east or north – ours faces north by northeast. (Oh, and there is a little bit of magic involved.) 😉

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    2. The ‘early bird’ gets the house! In Michigan a WREN is the most agressive interloper so you wait until your first Bluebird siting and then you start the ‘open house’ invitation. Otherwise, a Wren will beat the Bluebird to it –also helps to have more than one bluebird house on the property.

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