New York State Bluebird Society 

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



Click on our photo to hear
our song.

(Photo by Larry Zeleny)


Photo of the Month for May, 2016

Bluebird of Grumpiness – Photo by Terri Weston

Congratulations, Terri Weston, on having your photo chosen for April’s Photo of the Month!

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Hello bluebird lovers and photo appreciators. This is the part of the website where I tell you why I chose this photo of the month. Let me start by saying it is rarely easy. I often get many wonderful photos and this month was no exception. Every single photo I received this month was a serious contender for this month’s choice.

I take into account many factors when choosing a photo. Among the factors include clarity, composition, level of interest, difficulty of the shot, seasonal appropriateness and character of the subject matter.

With that in mind, I hope you can see why I chose this wonderful photo. The slightly offset composition with the mottled grey blue background really works. The puffed up bluebird’s expression really engages the viewer.

This time of year as you go from bluebird box to bluebird box along a bluebird trail you never know what you will find. You may find beautiful, healthy happy bluebirds or great animal tragedies. The swings in temperature provide a huge obstacle for parents looking to raise their families. I think a little grumpiness on cold spring mornings is understandable.

Thank you again for all your amazing submissions and thank you for reading about the May photo of the month.

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).