October 27, 2017 at 2:08 pm #6044
It is a gorgeous Friday here in Western PA. sunny and clear. I just had a pair of BB check out all the bird houses in our back yard. I am just so excited to see them around. I am going to make it a point to try some suet and see if I can entice them to stay. I never noticed them being around as much in the fall, hopefully it is a good sign of their recovery and of my good fortune.
Connie (PA)October 28, 2017 at 9:25 pm #6047nhhawk6Participant
Hi, Connie! So happy that your blues are visiting, this autumn! Whip up some suet/crumble, and they will stay. I must say, it is unusually warm here in NH, as well, and my flock of blues are all over the property! Everyone is getting along, as they always seem to, but what is so funny is how all of the males are singing, loudly. As if they are claiming territory, during the spring. Beautiful to hear, at this time of year, but just unusual. The flock numbers about 20, and there are at least a dozen males singing at the top of their lungs, day-in and day-out. They are a riot! A little Downy Woodpecker seems to have claimed the roost box, but it’s 70 degrees out, so no one really cares…
Bedford, New HampshireNovember 2, 2017 at 8:56 pm #6048
I am glad to hear you have so many BB’s out your way. I got everything on hand to do the crumble so tomorrow I will give that a try. I only have one feeder, should I do something special with the crumble like put it in a separate feeder? I have a few live mealworms left and lots of dried ones, guess I will add that to the feeder separately. I do not have a special BB feeder.
I have not seen any BB the last couple days but did hear one singing early in the AM yesterday, so I hope this new to me venture works to keep them around for the winter.
Connie (PA)November 3, 2017 at 7:10 am #6049nhhawk6Participant
I do not have a separate feeder for the crumble/bluebirds. They happily gather at the large, two-tiered, covered platform feeder at the station. I just put a large amount of crumble in the center of each platform, and surround it with Wild Delight Nut & Berry seed mix. I also put large helpings of mealworms in my crumble. 75 degrees here, today. Crazy!
Bedford, New HampshireNovember 4, 2017 at 4:14 am #6052LisaParticipant
I have 12 this year and all are sticking around which has never happened even though it’s warm and lots of bugs. They are already going in and out of the house to check it out. Considering putting a box in the front yard which is at least 300 feet away and not visible from the back yard as I have so many…November 4, 2017 at 4:17 am #6053LisaParticipant
Mine think the suet sucks so I am still going broke on live mealworms lol.November 5, 2017 at 1:23 pm #6055
Randy, I made the crumble and formed it into softball size balls and placed one in a glass dish in the center of my feeder but nothing seems interested in it. It is surrounded by black oilers cause that is what I have. Should I crumble it up or leave it as a solid mass? Yesterday while out for my walk I saw 7 BB’s so they are still around, just not here in my yard that I have seen. Are you using live or dried mealworms?
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