The Old Farmer’s Almanac
Attracting Bluebirds Bird Sounds: Eastern Bluebird Have you heard an Eastern Bluebird? Here you can identify the sound of the bluebird.
Have you spotted a bluebird? They’re a welcome sight in spring—and many bluebirds (about a third) even stick around for winter.
Be sure to let us know where you live or where you’ve heard the sound of bluebirds before!
Bluebirds enjoy the fruits of shrubs such as winterberries, Virginia creeper, sumac, hackberry, and hawthorn. Their beaks are not designed to open most birdseed mixtures. In late winter, fill a bird feeder with shelled seeds or nuts. Or, help out your neighborhood blue bird with some suet. See our easy-to-make suet recipe for the birds!
In wintertime, consider giving bluebirds shelters. They do not normally make their own nests and look for nooks and crannies in trees. But natural cavities in trees have become less available due to loss in habitat, so bluebirds often rely on “bird boxes” with small holes for entry and exist. (They don’t use perches so just a simple untreated wood box will do; pine wood is a good choice.)
Click here to listen to the sounds of other birds! Compliments of The Macaulay Library at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.