So, can I suggest you start here with the NABS website for info:
“Getting Started with Bluebirds”
This is my first ever “monitored” nestbox (photo below). It existed when I moved to my new home. It was situated in the back yard, very old and weathered. That first spring, I was delighted to see a bluebird couple feeding babies in it. Unfortunately, this bluebird couple tried twice to raise a family here–it failed due to many problems to the nestbox. After much troubleshooting after both broods died, I removed the box and started my research about what a successful nestbox for use by bluebirds should be. I learned quickly it’s not just bluebirds–there are other native species needing an already “excavated” cavity–a manmade nestbox is ideal. I learned quickly, however, that just putting up a nestbox and leaving it unattended will not work successfully in the long term. Perhaps it might have a few successful youngsters fledge, but if that box is not maintained, many things can go wrong quickly. This includes using predator guards. This box had no guards on it. It’s a sweet picture, however, and I enjoyed watching this couple early that year. This is how bluebirding actually started for me in 2006.
Click here to see this YouTube video of bluebird nestlings gaping:
GETTING STARTED WITH BLUEBIRDS:
Start With One Box…..then….
A Bluebird Trail is 5 or more boxes!
HERE IS ANOTHER VIDEO FOR BEGINNERS ON BACKYARD BIRDING AND BLUEBIRDS FROM EXPERT VILLAGE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNS_EOCdvF8&feature=related
Below is advice on starting a trail from the North American Bluebird Society’s website: http://www.nabluebirdsociety.org/
More excellent advice from the Sialis.org website, including handouts: http://www.sialis.org/handout.htm
…and the Virginia Bluebird Society on Monitoring Protocol: http://www.virginiabluebirds.org/monitoringnestboxes.html
It is recommended to start with one standard bluebird box with proper mounting on a pole with predator guards. Install one box near to where you live so that you can actively learn to monitor the box. It takes work and commitment. If you like monitoring the box and learning how the birds nest and bring up families, you will enjoy having a trail of your own…always start small and then build your trail. See the websites below for more information about having your own bluebird box or trail.
RETURN TO THIS SITE’s HOME PAGE: https://woolwinehousebluebirdtrail.com/