And I couldn’t be happier!
I bet you all are wondering how I could be happy about having the blues around, but my blues aren’t emotional. The blues I am talking about have feathers.
Two years ago we had the first nesting pair of bluebirds in our yard. Charlie made a couple of houses and platform feeders the previous year, but all we attracted that year was a pair of bachelor males. We are hoping this year will be another successful breeding for our bluebirds.
A couple of weeks ago we started to see bluebirds regularly checking out our nest boxes. With this very mild winter they had arrived a few weeks earlier than normal. We decided to make them feel as welcome as possible so Charlie put up the mealworm feeders and filled them up with our dried mealworms.
In the past we have also used live mealworms, but we found that the birds are attracted to the dried ones just as much. We buy them in bulk over the internet which saves a lot of money.
These feeders attract many species of birds especially chickadees. We also see Titmice, Cardinals, Nuthatches, and eventually when they get here Catbirds.
In addition to the two platform feeders we also have this house type feeder. The holes on each end are large enough that the bluebirds can easily get in, but it keeps many other birds out. The chickadees and titmice are the only other birds to use that feeder.
We are excited that so far we have a small group of three male and two female bluebirds hanging around the yard.
It appears that two of the bluebirds are possibly a nesting pair as we have regularly seen them inspecting the nearby nest box.
Last year’s couple raised three broods and we are hopeful that this year will be just as successful!