I spoke too soon last Monday. Sunday evening I saw the Bluebirds at the mealworm feeder but due to a downpour and not willing to brave the elements to feed them they took off, it was the last time I saw them. I have put the live and dried mealworms out the last two nights but no luck so I guess it is till next Spring. It was a good year after crazy Mama settled down even though there were fewer babies this year. Looking forward to next year.
My bluebirds disappear this time of year too. Mealworms do not seem to keep them around. I think this time of year they switch to berries while still feeding on live insects. What I do is wait until the weather turns cold. Usually by November or December they’ll show up again usually as a family flock of 8-10 birds (the young will have their adult plumage by then) and eat up as many mealworms as they can. After that they will stick around as long as I keep the mealworms coming. I feed them dried mealworms (sprinkled with some calcium carbonate) as I cannot afford the live ones. They also like peanut butter suet. Hope this helps.
Yup, peanut butter suet is what I make and feed to my blues beginning around mid-October. They balk at first but it usually only takes them about one day to realize “no more worms” and they love that stuff! (Sure lot easier on the pocketbook, too) They do stay here all winter, along with the winter birds, like juncos & white-crowned sparrows)