Who has blues overwinter?

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    Lisa
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    I am new here but was reading the archives and amazed at how many have blues overwinter. I am in coastal Alabama and they arrive every February like clockwork but after May I never see them again. Jealous! Do you Texans and other Southerners have them show up in winter?

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Lisa, I live in mid-Missouri and my blues are here all winter, have been all 9 years of my birding. A little bit farther north in Missouri I don’t believe they overwinter, but am not sure. I feed my blues peanut butter suet in the winter, but just like the mealworms, only as a treat, unless there is a bad ice or snow, then might give them more. All young also stay around with parents all winter and then move on around March.

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    nhhawk6nhhawk6
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    Hi, Lisa! I live in New Hampshire, and I had a flock of 22 spend the entire winter with me. Like Carol, I prepare homemade treats for them. I make a crumble of corn meal, flour, peanuts, sunflower chips, dried currants, peanut butter, mealworms, and lard.

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    Randy
    Bedford, New Hampshire

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    Bluebirdie
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    I live in northwest Louisiana and have them all winter. The young from the summer before hang around with the adults. They are always a welcome sight.

    -Martha

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    Lisa
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    Well heck! Where do mine go!!!!

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    Lisa
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    Even my forum friend in the Northern part of the state has hers overwinter! For me, the first harbinger of spring is that lone male who always shows up in February!

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    Lyndsey D.
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    Lisa, our blues are here in southwest Louisiana year round. I thought when I started feeding the 20 I have visit my feeder (a result of a pair having 18 babies that ‘made it’ last year), that they would only be here for a season. Boy was I wrong, and I’m glad I was! I now have a pair that just had 6 babies! Boy are they busy!

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    tamsea
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    I’m in NW Ohio and they over winter here too.

    Tammy

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    Lisa
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    I don’t know what I’m doing wrong! I spend half my paycheck on mealworms LOL! I willl try the suet this year but I guess they’ve all gone to Louisiana!

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    Love my blues!
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    Lisa, I don’t understand why yours aren’t staying either. Your climate should keep them there. Maybe they’re just in the habit of leaving. BTW, don’t think you’re doing anything wrong.

    Nicole

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    tamsea
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    It’s just weird how in the some of the northern states they stay but yet in the southern ones they leave. Doesn’t make any sense to me but that’s just how it is!

    Tammy

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    Lisa
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    It seems ideal here! Bugs all year round! LOL. No snow, no ice. Oh well. I literally always have leftover mealworms and no takers every year…

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    Not sure how my bluebirds survive here in Southwest Pa but mine have been here every since I set the nest up about 3-4 years ago. I guess mine went to Bluebird boot camp somewhere. :BlueBirds-baby3:

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    Lisa
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    Maybe it’s just too darn hot! My parents aren’t even coming to the mealworm feeder tonight 2 days after fledge! I’m going to be heartbroken if I dont see them again. My neighbor 2 doors down gets them every time!

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