The Joy of Eastern Bluebirds

Belmont has partnered with the Virginia Bluebird Society to place and monitor four bluebird boxes on our property. Volunteers (scroll down for newsletter article) begin checking the boxes in early March and track the nest building cycle: egg laying, incubating, hatching, and fledging. We love our little bluebirds!

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When you visit Adkins Arboretum, you’ll see a bluebird trail of nesting boxes that are monitored by a volunteer.

Bluebirds can have up to three broods in a season extending from April to early September. Bluebirds are secondary cavity nesters, meaning that they use holes already created by woodpeckers since their beaks are not made for excavating a hole on their own. Through the creation of bluebird trails, bluebird populations increased by 2 percent per year between 1966 and 2010.

What can you do in your own backyard for our beautiful bluebird populations? You can provide fall and winter food sources with berry-producing native plants such as dogwood, viburnum, holly, eastern red cedar, and chokeberry. You can erect nesting boxes on your property to provide proper nesting in summer and shelter in winter, when bluebirds use the boxes as roosting places to keep warm. Remember that bluebirds love to…

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