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Welcome to The Bluebird Box since 1995

Including the Internet's original Bluebird FAQ & featuring Best of Bluebird Mailing Lists Classified
Contact Me

 

Welcome to The Bluebird Box since 1995

Including the Internet's original Bluebird FAQ & featuring Best of Bluebird Mailing Lists Classified
Contact Me

 

Welcome to The Bluebird Box since 1995

Including the Internet's original Bluebird FAQ & featuring Best of Bluebird Mailing Lists Classified
Contact Me

Over wintering Bluebirds 2002

Here is list of reports received about bluebirds sighted between Jan 1, 2002 and Jan 31, 2002.  My dates are chosen to reflect only birds that are obviously not going to migrate are legitimately considered (in my opinion) over wintering.  I only accept one report per state.   (jump to the map)

Map Key:
 * = Eastern Bluebird

 * = Mountain Bluebird
 * = Western Bluebird

Please Note: These sightings are for the whole state/province and therefore they are not truly a
geographic representation of the sighting (i.e., a sighting in El Paso, TX would probably be
displayed in the center of the state of  Texas). 

State/Province Over-Wintering bluebird sightings from 1/1/01 thru 1/31/01
Alabama

 

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Eastern Bluebird 1/1/02, 7:00AM, at kitchen window 2 females and1 male blue bird at the suet log. I live in Hancevill, Alabama. Gina
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Alaska

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Alberta

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Arizona

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Arkansas

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
British Columbia

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
California

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird 1/1/02 7:20 a. m., Susan Bulger, 7 WEBL 4 males, 3 females, Fullerton, my back yard
Colorado

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Connecticut

 

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Eastern Bluebird January 1, 2002, Laura Schachtner, 3 (2 males and 1 female), Marlborough, CT - on the feeder in backyard
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Delaware

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Florida

 

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Eastern Bluebird 01/01/02, 10:32 a.m. E.S.T., April Cliche, 4 Eastern Bluebirds  (3 males, 1 female), Alachua, Florida (North Central Florida); my back yard, (Hunting for crickets from fenceposts & nesting boxes & occasionally picking a blueberry from the dish I put out.)
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Georgia

 

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Eastern Bluebird 1/1/02, 2 bluebirds (sex unspecified),12:30 AM, Gary Springer Carnesville, Georgia
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Idaho

 

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Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Illinois

 

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Eastern Bluebird 1/5/02, The weather has sure turned cold. Single digits at night and low 20's during the day. I feed mealworms to the EABL in two totally different areas. In fact, many of you know that I now provide mealworms to Blues daily in two different states. My biggest concern with winter feeding the Blues is keeping the birds from migrating if migration is what they normally do. In Illinois, an area of wide open farmland, the mealworms have gone untouched for 3 days now. Through the end of December, 7 EABL's had shown up once per day....everyday. Meanwhile 150 miles away in Indiana, an area heavy with woods and forest, the number of EABL's at the feeders has fallen by about 50% (from 20-24 to consistantly 7-12). It seems that winter feeding does not keep the Blues from their migration to find sufficient food supplies. Bob Sitarski, Jackson County, Indiana & Clay County Illinois
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Indiana

 

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Eastern Bluebird 1/5/02, The weather has sure turned cold. Single digits at night and low 20's during the day. I feed mealworms to the EABL in two totally different areas. In fact, many of you know that I now provide mealworms to Blues daily in two different states. My biggest concern with winter feeding the Blues is keeping the birds from migrating if migration is what they normally do. In Illinois, an area of wide open farmland, the mealworms have gone untouched for 3 days now. Through the end of December, 7 EABL's had shown up once per day....everyday. Meanwhile 150 miles away in Indiana, an area heavy with woods and forest, the number of EABL's at the feeders has fallen by about 50% (from 20-24 to consistantly 7-12). It seems that winter feeding does not keep the Blues from their migration to find sufficient food supplies. Bob Sitarski, Jackson County, Indiana & Clay County Illinois
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Iowa

 

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Eastern Bluebird 01/01/02, Jay Gilliam, 5 bluebirds -- 2 adults, 3 hatch year birds in a family group, along my trail near Cumming in Warren Co., these are overwintering birds since three of them had bands and I banded my bluebirds this season.
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Kansas

 

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Eastern Bluebird Jan. 12, 2002, there were 3 Eastern BB's in town at the school (about 2 blocks from me).
While I have not been able to see them in my yard (this winter), I have heard at least 2 warbling at each other in the trees, as recent as yesterday (1/20/02), 
James Yungeberg
Washington, KS
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Kentucky

 

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Eastern Bluebird Amanda Hils, Kentucky (Erlanger, Kenton County), 1/03/02, 3 EABL, Backyard (Erlanger KY-investigating nest box), Have been around daily, thrilling me with using water at pond being kept unfrozen with spot light Temp below freezing since Christmas Eve
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Louisiana

 

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Eastern Bluebird 01/01/02, 7:45 AM, Evelyn Cooper, 5 Eastern Bluebirds, Delhi, Louisiana, my backyard
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Maine

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Maryland

 

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Eastern Bluebird January 1, 2002, 7:30 a.m., four EABL at my feeders, three males, 1 female.  These are overwintering bluebirds.  By afternoon, there will be 8 or so, typically more males than females. Diane Seward, Potomac, Maryland, 15 degrees F at 7:30 a.m., 1/1/02, Lat. 38, Long. -77 
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Manitoba

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Massachusetts

 

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Eastern Bluebird Haleya Priest, 3 EABL, 1/1/02, Amherst MA
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Michigan

 

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Eastern Bluebird Novi, MI  (30 Miles west of Detroit),  01/01/02, 8:00 AM, 5 bluebirds, Deckrail mealworm feeder and heated bath.

Comments:  As they have every day since spring 1996, the bluebirds arrived for their breakfast.  Temps are near 10 degrees, sunny and crisp morning.  Beautiful sight against the snowy background.  They roost in the woods at the back of my property, and have stayed year round as long as I have lived at this location.  Hardy bunch! Last year we had eggs at the end of March--less than 3 months to go!!! Malinda Mastako
SE Michigan, Oakland County

Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Minnesota

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Mississippi

 

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Eastern Bluebird 1/3/02, Northeast Mississippi. I saw a male Bluebird in the backyard this morning at 8:30. We see them almost every day, but it has been extremely cold here for a week(20's) and we had a sprinkling of snow overnight last night. The Bluebirds spend most of the winter months here in the cedar trees on the farm. We feed them mealworms and they come to the feeder. They have a supply of berries over the yard and they like the blue cedar berries on the trees. Jeanette
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Missouri

 

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Eastern Bluebird 1/6/02, 3-5 Blubirds that enjoy using the birdbath everyday,  Evelyn, Ozark County, MO
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Montana

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Nebraska

 

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Eastern Bluebird 2 Eastern Bluebirds 4 miles west of Winnetoon, NE (Knox Co.) on Jan 1, 2002, Mark A. Brogie
Mountain Bluebird 1/5/02, Knox County, Dave Heidt and I did an early trip to Niobrara State Park this morning, (3) 1 male 2 females - north side of road across from lower end of Deer Creek Handicapped Trail (my first for Knox Co.) Mark A. Brogie
Western Bluebird  
Nevada

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
New Brunswick

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
New Hampshire

 

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Eastern Bluebird Wilton, N.H., 1 Jan., 2002, 11.05 A.M., Rhonda Watts, 1 female (others calling but not yet spotted ) in horse pasture, then eating bittersweet berries in catalpa next to house.
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
New Jersey

 

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Eastern Bluebird saw 2 males 2 females at the mealworm feeder new years day (1/1/02) morning 08:20am. They have been coming everday day for weeks now, anywhere from 3-7 blues at a time. Phil in central/south NJ.
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
New Mexico

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
New York

 

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Eastern Bluebird 1/1/02, 3 bluebirds today at 12 noon.  They have been around all winter.  I live in Lockport, NY - Western part of the state about 20 miles northeast of Buffalo.  No, we don't have the snow buffalo got, but we have about a foot.  Today is a calm partially cloudy day.  The bluebirds are eating the bluebird mix I make for them.  We saw the male and female and their one male offspring.  They are in our backyard. Judy Derry, Lockport, NY (Western) , 43.179 N. -78.652 W., Hardiness Zone 5b
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
North Carolina

 

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Eastern Bluebird Durham, NC, 1/4/02, and we are in the process of melting from the winter storm that dropped 10 inches of snow here. I have a regular cedar bird-feeder in my backyard at which the birds have been quite busy the last several days. I have a bluebird box in my backyard as well, and I have had bluebird families stop by and nest for the last 3 years. I have never seen a bluebird feed at the regular feeder, but 2 days ago, I had 4 feeding there, 3 males and 1 female. I have since put out my bluebird feeder and food, and they have found those feeders. The 4 are still here, coming up onto my back deck to feed from their feeder. Debbie Moses Durham, NC
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
North Dakota

 

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Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Nova Scotia

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Prince Edward Island

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Western Bluebird  
Ohio

 

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Eastern Bluebird i have 5-8 eabl's (I believe 5 are from one of my clutches from last year and the other three are nearby visitors) that eat (mealworms/currents/seed/suet) in my backyard on daily basis - they usually arrive at sunrise and don't leave until dusk Caren Wagner Lewis Center, OH 43035, 1/1/02
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Oklahoma

 

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Eastern Bluebird 1/4/02, 6 bluebirds, Shelly Harris, Norman, OK
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Ontario

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Oregon

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird Portland, Oregon at elevation 800 feet in semi-rural suburbia,  5 Western Bluebirds flocking together a block from here, on the morning of January 19th, near a street that borders a vineyard. There were 2 bright males and 3 females.  Carol Shillitto
Pennsylvania

 

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Eastern Bluebird W076  52, N40  48, Freeburg, PA,  01/01/2002, 10:10 AM, 2 males  3 females, Habitat:  Approx. 3 acres mowed ... surrounded on east, south and west by approx. 15 acres of 18 yr. old meadow that we are letting go back to its natural state (has lots and lots of mulitirose, sumac, poison ivy, goldenrod, dogwood, etc.) ... this old meadow is surrounded on 3 sides by old growth woodland of mostly deciduous trees (oak, hickory, poplar, maple ...) with a few Jack Pine thrown in there.

Have a heated bird bath, and multiple feeding stations for all wintering birds. I *do put out mealworms ... but the chickadees, titmouse, mockingbirds and many others usually eat most of them.  The blues usually pay more attention to the bath and a certain nestbox than they do the mealies.

Susan Renkel, BSP County Coordinator for Snyder County

Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Quebec

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Rhode Island

 

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Eastern Bluebird Charlestown Rhode Island, (small town near the ocean),. January 24th 2002 seven bluebirds coming to suet cake. I had the suet cake out for the chickadees in a traditional wire basket. The bluebirds were trying to feed from the basket with little success.  made a screened platform feeder to put the suet cake upon. Now the bluebirds come regularly and seem to love it. This is the first time I've seen bluebirds in the winter! Maybe because it has been so mild. Robin Cichy
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Saskatchewan

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
South Carolina

 

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Eastern Bluebird January 25, 2002, Barry Whitney , One pair of Eastern bluebirds, in backyard trees and at mealworm feeder., North Augusta, SC 29841
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
South Dakota

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Tennessee

 

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Eastern Bluebird Three Bluebirds in my holly bush eating berries this AM at 7:30 AM
on 1/1/02 in West Tennessee. One male and two females. Dan McCue
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Texas

 

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Eastern Bluebird 01/01/02, 9:00 AM, 4 Eastern Bluebirds, Paris, Texas, my barnyard--hunting from fence posts near a nestbox, Kate Oschwald
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Utah

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Virginia

 

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Eastern Bluebird 1/17/02, Joyce Sobey, Central Virginia, bluebirds in my yard now and there is interest in the nest boxes, although I am not seeing territorial displays going on - everyone seems welcome
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Vermont

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Washington

 

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Eastern Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
West Virginia

 

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Eastern Bluebird

1/8/02, 3:12 in the afternoon 8 of them came through my yard, Jessica Nichols, Western - West Virginia Lat. 39.358N; Long. 81.463W Climate Zone 6B

Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Wisconsin

 

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Eastern Bluebird one male eastern bluebird perched on a post in my yard, then entering one of my nestboxes to roost. Date: 1/1/02, location: Pine Bluff, Wisconsin, Jennifer Hoffman
Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  
Wyoming

 

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Mountain Bluebird  
Western Bluebird  

The idea for these maps originated on the mailing list Bluebird-L, more information can be obtained at: http://www.cit.cornell.edu/cit-pubs/email/using-lists/index.html

The original map files are used with permission from Lanny Chambers from his humming bird web site at: http://www.hummingbirds.net/

Here were the rules:

Anyone can submit a sighting. In other words no restrictions that the person must be subscribed to one of the lists.

You can submit a sighting by email, phone, snail mail. You can even submit a sighting for someone else.

I will use the date you state that you saw the birds. Only one sighting per state will be accepted. In case of ties (two sightings from the same state, same species, for the same date) the date and time of the email will be the tie breaker (earliest wins).

Acceptable sighting dates include from today January 1 thru January 31. My intent is to only identify over wintering bluebirds, not early arriving bluebirds nor ones that decided to hang around till it got too cold or they ran out of easily attainable food.

Include with your sighting at least the following (feel free to include more, I will include what I deem pertinent):

bulletState or province bulletDate of sighting bulletYour name for prosperities sake bulletNumber of birds in your sighting bulletLocation of your sighting bulletThe last rule is this is my game, so I can change the rules if I see a need. Don't worry I don't change my rules very easily.

OK, as you can see the rules are pretty simple and we are on the honor system so lets be honorable. Don't send me a note that your sighting was on a CBC on 12/31/00 and be mad that I won't accept it.

Jim McLochlin
9521 Burdette Cir
Omaha, NE 68134
(402)-933-4638

 

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Articles
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Best Of...
Gallery
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First Egg 2000
First Egg 2001
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Over Winter 2001
Over Winter 2002
BB Survey
CBC
BB Ref Guide