Anytime you lose a bluebirder …you realize how important it is for us to reach out like they have over the years and share their knowledge with the younger generation or actually ANYONE interested in helping these small cavity nesters.
– Keith Kridler, Bluebird_L, 2006
I’m often asked what bluebirds eat and if food can be put out to attract them. The short answer on food as an attractant is that generally it doesn’t work. They love mealworms, but if you don’t have the right habitat, bluebirds just
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won’t nest in your yard. And most of the time other species find the worms and eat them and soon learn where the free meal is. So you wind up attracting a species that you may or may not want. But if you have bluebirds around, putting out mealworms can really bond them to your site.
Analysis of bluebird stomachs shows that 68% of a bluebirds’ diet is made up of insects: grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, spiders, and caterpillars They also eat ants, wasps and bees, flies, Myriapods, angleworms (Oligochaetest), snails, sow bugs, moths, weevils and termites. I’m amazed by their terrific eyesight. Often I will see them perched in the back yard and dive into the lawn on the other side of the yard and come up with a small bug.
Bluebirds are forced to eat some berries in winter. I’ve seen them eating juniper berries. Mama III ate a few sunflower seeds recently. The only time I’ve seen a bluebird do that in seven years of hosting bluebirds. A birdbath in the backyard is helpful. I often see the bluebirds drinking from one of our birdbaths.
Total chicks fledged from this site is 61.
First Brood 2016
- First sign of nest building 01 March
- Nest completed 07 March
- First egg 09 March
- Second egg 10 March
- Third egg 11 March
- Fourth egg 12 March