FoGP logo

Update: Bluebird Nesting Boxes

CATEGORY: Urban Wild |
On Jan 2, 2021

Earlier this year, FoGP member Bruce Painter again placed homemade nesting boxes in Griffith Park with the hopes of attracting the colorful Western bluebird, a once regular resident of the Park.

This is the fourth year that Bruce has received approval from RAP to strategically place the nesting boxes in the Park. Bruce keeps FoGP updated regularly on box activity — we are excited about the possibility of welcoming these delightful birds back into the Park!

Nesting boxes are important to attract bluebirds; these small cavity-nesters typically carve out space in rotting or dead trees as well as in woodpecker holes to incubate their eggs. Since dead and diseased trees are systematically removed from Griffith Park, bluebird pairs often look elsewhere to create a nest.

Overall, bluebird success is slowly building — especially considering that flycatchers and wrens often take over nesting boxes, not to mention some boxes in the past have been vandalized.

This year, Bruce reports four bluebird nests occupied his boxes which fledged a total of 12 bluebirds. Other boxes produced 30 wrens and four flycatchers. Compare that to last year when Bruce found only two bluebird nests along with one wren and one flycatcher nest!

Thank you Bruce for tackling this wonderful project — and we can’t wait to see what next year brings!

~Brenda Rees, FoGP Board member



  1. Gerry Hans

    The population of Western bluebirds in Griffith Park seems to be increasing and they can be seen throughout the year. While there may be some natural nests, we think the bulk of the success is due to the nesting boxes deployed over the last few years by Bruce! It’s a bit early right now, but you should be seeing the nest boxes in different locations on the east side of the park by March. Crystal Springs, Park Center are areas where Bruce has placed them — with permission — in the past.

  2. N

    hi –

    whereabouts in the park do the bluebirds nest? Are they near the trails at all? Or is it a secret? I have only seen bluebirds twice in my life and I grew up here. I saw one male, and the next day a female (these happened to be in Orange County). They are soooo beautiful. I would love to see more.



Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Save my name and email in this browser for the next time I comment.


Nuttall’s Woodpecker: a Californian Special

Nuttall’s Woodpecker: a Californian Special

  You'll probably hear its distinct voice before you see the elusive Nuttall's woodpecker. The call is a loud rattling with just a couple notes that most new birders find easy to learn. Other times you may first hear them drilling or "drumming" into bark or dead...

read more
Urban Woodpecker Granaries in Griffith Park

Urban Woodpecker Granaries in Griffith Park

Griffith Park serves as home to a large number of native plants and animals. Over thousands of years, the animals and plants have established mutualistic relationships in which they help each other and where both benefit. One such relationship includes the Coast Live...

read more