New York State Bluebird Society

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The New York State Bluebird Society has been dedicated to Bringing Back Bluebirds since 1982. Read more about our history and mission here.

We hope that these pages will be both informative and enjoyable. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments or to become a member. Consider making a donation to NYSBS to keep our website up and running!

You can look for Meetings, Exhibits, and Events in your area by looking at the list on the right side of each page, or visit our Events Calendar to see more details about each event. Use the search form at the bottom of every page if you have a specific concern you’d like to research on this site.

The Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis, length 7″, chestnut throat, sides of neck, breast, sides and flank; contrasting white belly, white undertail coverts.  Male is uniformly deep blue above; female grayer.  Call note is a musical, rising chur-lee, extended in song to chur chur-lee chur-lee.  Range:  Found in open woodlands, farmlands, and orchards.  Nests in holes in trees and posts, also in competition with starling and House Sparrow for nesting sites.  The provision of specially designed boxes by concerned conservationists has resulted in a promising comeback. National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Fifth Edition



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(Photo by Larry Zeleny)


Photo of the Month for February, 2016

Beauty in Blue – Photo by Jenny Hendershot


Congratulations, Jenny Hendershot, on having your photo chosen for February’s Photo of the Month!

This photo is beautiful in so many ways. I hope you can see the details in this photo that I find so amazing. You can see the complex textures in the bluebird’s feathers. As with most things you find in nature the closer you look, the more fascinating it becomes. You can also see in the reflection in the birds eyes, the door to the bluebird box and the photographer.

I am continually surprised by the stubbornness to move I see in some bluebird mothers when I open the box. Is it bravery in what they surely know would be a futile effort to save their young? I don’t think so. I see little fear in this Bluebirds eyes. In my opinion she regards the viewer with an alertness, some concern and a curiosity.

The photo allows us to apreciate not only the external beauty of these amazing animals, but it gives us a glimps of the great character within.
It is getting close to the time of year when we begin to prepare for monitoring our bluebird trails. For me it is staring at long columns of data to decide which boxes should be moved and where to move them. I could use a reminder of the very important reason, and the rewards for all the hard work that we do. I sincerely hope you find this photo half as inspiring as I do. If you do I am sincerely thrilled with my choice.

Please keep those fantastic submissions coming. As always I truly apreciated looking at every single one. I love the glimpse of the lives of bluebirds your photos give me. Thank you.

Kitty Rusch, Photo of the Month Judge

Would you like to see your photo featured here? Visit our Photo of the Month submission form to upload your photo, and we’ll pick a photo to feature each month! See our ‘fledgling’ Photo of the Month archive, at the top of our Photos page, along with a huge collection of beautiful contributor photos.


NABSThe New York State Bluebird Society is an affiliate of NABS
(North American Bluebird Society).