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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) rsalter@jg.net, Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer) agregory@jg.net, Frank Noonan (copy editor) fnoonan@jg.net and Cathie Rowand (photographer) crowand@jg.net.

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