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A female bluebird builds a nest in a bluebird house. Installing nesting boxes helps bring back the bluebird population.

Curb appeal of bluebird house is finally noticed

I have spent most of the day watching a bluebird couple build a nest in a bluebird house. I think the female is doing most of the nest building while the male bluebird stands guard, chasing away other birds who noticed the nest building activity.

I hung a house a couple springs ago on a pole backing up to the woods with the expanse of my yard to the front. It is the best location for a bluebird house, and yet, it has taken a couple of years for the house to be noticed.

Sparrows found the house right away. I have diligently been removing their nests as they attempted to establish themselves. I felt bad doing so, but now that bluebirds are moving in, I feel it was the right thing to do.

Bluebird numbers have declined during the last century, but their populations has been given a boost by the birdhouse boxes. Sparrows don't seem to be declining in population.

I told my neighbor about the house, and I have to say he was a bit jealous. "Your bird house is crooked; they should be selecting one of my houses," replied my neighbor.

True, I could have done a better job installing the pole, but location is everything.

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