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Bluebirds

One hundred years ago, Eastern bluebirds were seen along Florida roadsides and in fields, parks, and pastures. But today, many Floridians have never seen one of these colorful small birds.

Bluebirds build their nests in the cavities of dead trees and in wooden fence posts. Until recently, they had all but disappeared from Florida.

Aggressive bird species such as sparrows and starlings compete for nesting sites of bluebirds and other cavity nesters. Development has also destroyed much of their native habitat.

But bluebirds are making a comeback, because gardeners and landowners have been building nest boxes for them to use.

You, too, can help these beautiful, musical birds by building a nest box on your property. Boxes should be ventilated, easy to clean, and watertight with drainage holes.

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