My little blue egg collection …

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

bluebirds 001Our collection of little blue eggs continues to grow daily.  Typically bluebirds lay between four and six little powder blue eggs.  We’ll  see what Mama III does on her first ever clutch.

I’m often asked what bluebirds eat and if food can be put out to attract them.  The short bluebirds 050answer 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 044Bluebirds 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

About lindell dillon

Lindell Dillon is retired and lives in Norman, OK. He grew up in Duncan, attended Cameron College and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. His interests include photography, nature, birding, and investing. Oklahoma Master Naturalist, alumnus Norman Police Department Citizens Academy.
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One Response to My little blue egg collection …

  1. Margaret says:

    Interesting commentary, as always, Lindell. The eggs are gorgeous. Having a look at their diet, I was surprised that they eat snails.

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