Mama has built a nest and started laying her third clutch of eggs this season. The first two successfully fledged. Just one week after her second brood took flight, Mama III began constructing her third nest. The juvie fledglings are following Daddy III into the yard for mealworms. I’m surprised how aggressive they are toward sparrows and starlings. If one comes into the yard, it gets mobbed by the entire family. The Sparrow Spooker is back on the box and we are ready for round three!
I often get asked about attracting bluebirds to a yard, especially with mealworms. Generally this doesn’t work. Bluebirds pick a habitat that has grassy open areas for bugging and a wooded edge or area nearby. They seldom eat birdseed, insects make up about 68 percent of their diet. Once a pair is nesting on your property, mealworms will bond them to the site and to you. My bluebirds recognize me from other people, wingwave and talk to me in the mornings.
However, in winter much of their diet is berries and there are some plantings that can encourage bluebirds to stay around in areas like Oklahoma where they don’t migrate. Your best bets are Flowering dogwood, holly, and American elderberry. They will eat the berries off pokeweed in warm weather. Occasionally I will have one come up in a flower bed and I let it grow. Pokeweed and volunteer Tropical milkweed always get a pass in my beds.
Total chicks fledged from this site is 81.
Third brood 2017
- First sign of nest building 21 June
- Nest completed 26 June
- First egg laid 28 June
- Second egg laid 29 June
- Third egg laid 30 June
- Fourth egg laid 01 July
- Fifth egg laid 02 July
- Incubation begins 03 July