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A bluebird house should have a hole 1 1/2 inches in diameter without a perch. The roof should be removable so the nest can be monitored.

Bluebirds arrive

I spotted a bluebird in my backyard last week. That was the first time I had seen a bluebird in my yard.

Mid-March bluebirds return from their winter migration and look for nesting sites. I found an old bluebird house in my garage that had been a home to a mouse. The inside was filled with grass seed, pieces of cloth and shredded paper.

I mounted the house on a pole and have it facing toward an open space in my backyard. I am hoping that the bluebird will find this a suitable home.

According to the North American Bluebird Society, I should monitor my bluebird house at least once a week during the nesting season, until chicks are close to fledging. This website also offers other helpful information.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)