Spotlight on Allies: New York State Bluebird Society

By Gail Browning

The NYS Blue­bird Soci­ety began in 1982, accord­ing to Direc­tor Jen­nifer Mur­taugh, a SUNY Cobleskill grad­u­ate. The State divi­sion part­ners with the North Amer­i­can Blue­bird Soci­ety and is ded­i­cat­ed to increas­ing the pop­u­la­tion of the East­ern blue­bird (Sialia sialis). Coun­ty coor­di­na­tors and vol­un­teers com­pile sta­tis­tics by erect­ing and mon­i­tor­ing nest­ing box­es in New York State. One exam­ple of their ded­i­ca­tion is the New York State Blue­bird Trail with box­es estab­lished all along Route 20 and includ­ing the Lan­dis Arbore­tum. Through their efforts, the blue­bird pop­u­la­tion has increased by 70% from 1985 to 2005

Did You Know?

  • Nest­ing box­es should be placed in pairs to encour­age both blue­birds and tree swal­lows to coex­ist. Oth­er­wise, place box­es 100 yards apart.
  • The nest­ing box hole for East­ern Blue­birds is 1.5 inch­es in diameter.
  • Remove the nest from the bird­house after the nestlings fledge to pro­mote sub­se­quent nest­ing, as blue­birds may nest 3 times in a season.
  • Blue­bird eggs are gen­er­al­ly clear blue, in clutch­es of 4 – 6 eggs. Incu­ba­tion time is approx­i­mate­ly 14 days from when the last egg was laid.
  • Blue­birds migrate south­ward and gen­er­al­ly return mid-March.
  • Some birds will remain in the North dur­ing win­ter, as long as they can find food, water, and shelter.
  • Win­ter food can con­sist of berries from hol­ly, bay­ber­ry, and mul­ber­ry bush­es and suet/​cornmeal for­mu­la-based mix­es you can pur­chase or make your­self from recipes found online at nys​bs​.org.

Con­sid­er plac­ing blue­bird nest­ing box­es on your prop­er­ty and enjoy the antics of this beau­ti­ful bird through­out the year. More infor­ma­tion about the East­ern Blue­bird and about their nest­ing box­es can also be found at nys​bs​.org.

Winter 2016

Volume 34 , Number 1

Share this

The Latest from Landis

Aug 06, 2022

Landis Forest 5K - August 6, 2022

A record turnout! Click here to view all the great photos from this event, and... read more

Jun 10, 2022 | Anne Donnelly

Don't Overlook Your Reciprocal Admissions Privilege

A sometimes overlooked benefit of your Landis Arboretum membership is the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal... read more

May 29, 2022

Scenes From the Spring Plant Sale

Thanks to our many wonderful volunteers, plant consignors, vendors, and customers, the Landis Signature Spring... read more

May 28, 2022 | Fred Breglia, Executive Director

From the Director’s Desk: Q&A, Part III

In this last Q&A session, I am focusing on leaf color change during the... read more

May 28, 2022 | Erin McKenna Breglia, Landis Gardener

From the Garden: Milkweeds for Monarchs!

Many people enjoy seeing butterflies in our Landis gardens. especially the monarch butterfly, Danaus... read more

May 28, 2022 | Anita Sanchez

Life and Death on the Lawn

It’s a beautiful summer day. You’ve finished your stack of books from the Landis... read more

News Archive