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BRAW Informational Packet: Attracting Eastern Bluebirds & Other Cavity Nesters
This booklet pulls together the collective experiences of people who work especially in the interest of bluebirds, particularly those persons who record and summarize their nest box data and whom we term monitors.

How to easily install a nest box Video:


Bluebird Chick Developement - First 14 Days
By Jack Bartholmai and Pat Ready



Life Cycles

Life Cycle of the Eastern Bluebird
Photos by Jack Bartholmai

Tree swallowsLife Cycle of the Tree Swallow

Photos by Pat Ready and Jack Bartholmai

Life Cycle of the Chickadee
Photos by Pat Ready and Jack Bartholmai

House Wren

Life Cycle of the House Wren
Photos by Pat Ready and Jack Bartholmai


Nest Guide to Cavity Nesters

Eastern Bluebird, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee
House Wren, House Sparrow
Species Identification of Cavity Nesters


Nest Boxes

BRAW recommends using nest boxes that have proven to be highly attractive to bluebirds. These boxes are shallow (4-5” from bottom of hole to nesting platform), narrow (4” x 4” nesting platforms), have oval openings (1 3/8” x 2 ¼”) and are unvented (vents can be opened after June 1 in areas where black flies are not prevalent). Any box that meets these specifications is recommended by BRAW. Read More >>

Nesting Summary Forms

Bluebirders are urged to monitor all nest boxes under their care on a weekly basis.  The Annual Bird Nesting Survey Summary EZ Form is used to report your bird nesting data to BRAW. If your boxes are in two or more counties, the data for each county should be reported on a separate EZ Form . Read More >>

Annual Bird Nesting Survey Summary (EZ Form) and Individual Nestbox Weekly Field Record (Form 22)