Leonardo, the Eastern Bluebird, bringing nest materials to his new home.
Photography by Norma Beaird
In the following article, we learned about Eastern Bluebird courtship and the process of finding a new home for Mrs. Bluebird and their new family.
In this next article, we saw Mr. Bluebird checking on his new home and making sure everything is secure and ready to go.
Now, Mr. Bluebird is continuing to gather nest materials. Mrs. Bluebird will actually build the nest, but she can depend on her mate to gather the material.
After a male Eastern Bluebird has attracted a female to his nest site (by carrying material in and out of the hole, perching, and fluttering his wings), the female does all the nest building. She makes the nest by loosely weaving together grasses and pine needles, then lining it with fine grasses and occasionally horse hair or turkey feathers. Nest boxes in some places are so common that a single territory may contain several suitable holes. Females often build nests in each available hole, but typically only use one of these. Bluebirds may use the same nest for multiple broods.
In our research, we have observed that Mr. Bluebird chooses the nesting site (in our case, a newly constructed bluebird box). Then, he brings Mrs. Bluebird to check it out. She seemingly approves and there is an obvious "pairing up" for mating and nesting season. Now that the male and female are paired up, we are seeing Mr. Bluebird gather the nesting materials.
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