October 7, 2019 at 9:19 am #7778blue diamondsParticipant
Super excited …..while drinking coffee and watching the birds this morning. Hubby says “there is a couple birds on your bluebird box”. I checked with my binoculars and see it’s two female bluebirds. I haven’t seen any bluebirds since the middle of August. I left one box out that I bought for next year to get it weathered. They sat on top, looked in the hole and went inside……came out and few into the pines. I probably would have missed the whole sighting if Hubby had not pointed them out‼️ They do show up when you least expect it. Made my day.
Judy-MichiganOctober 9, 2019 at 8:45 pm #7779
Strange that I signed on and read your post yesterday about your Bluebirds showing up. I still have 8 or 10 depending on the day, but yesterday I had at least 4 checking out one of my Bluebird boxes. They would hang on the front up to 3 at a time and then take off to the apple trees. This went on for an extended period of time and they were of both sexes. Some went in the box and others just looked, and one remained on the top of the box after the others left. If I didn’t know better I would think it was Spring. One was singing such a beautiful song this morning. Today I only saw 6 at one time. They definitely love those mealworms.
I hope yours hung around for you to enjoy.
ConnieOctober 17, 2019 at 9:15 am #7780blue diamondsParticipant
Yesterday a group of 4 bluebirds showed up, checking out the backyard box. Nine days after the last sighting. They were in competition with a pair of red-bellied woodpeckers all looking at the bluebird box. I’m pretty sure the large woodpecker wouldn’t fit through the hole, but it was hanging on the front of the box. Papa blue used the birdbath. I have suet and dried mealworms out, but I have never seen them get any. Happy to see them again. In the past years I have not seen fall visits.
This is the never ending season…..My hummingbirds took off the end of September. Five days ago a lone female showed up thirsty. I’ve seen her each day including this morning. Makes my heart happy to help her replenish her fuel to finish her long journey south. She is breaking a record…….my latest recorded past sighting was Oct 14.
Judy-MichiganOctober 22, 2019 at 4:05 pm #7781
Judy, what an amazing thing it is about the female hummingbird. The ones here left in Sept. sometime, I left the feeder out but never saw anything come to it in days so I took it down.
The Bluebirds are a different thing. They are here on and off all day, sometimes I see 3 males and one female, other times it will anywhere from 5 to 8. I have seen them check out both houses and one day I saw the female carry a piece of dried grass in. I am still feeding them live and dried mealworms. Just now 5 flew in, and one is dominating the feeder.
We are going to be away for 5 days so it will be interestingly to see if they are still around when we get back. It has been an interesting fall season so far.
ConnieOctober 25, 2019 at 9:19 pm #7782Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
Well, there are still bluebirds here in Mid-Missouri, also. They have finally accepted my peanut butter suet after about a week – they finally got it – NO MORE WORMS! Now all the family is still around (about 7-8 in all) and so are those miserable HOSP! But my blues are actually defending their meal bowl and chasing off the HOSP. I do have a cage feeder to exclude those larger eaters (Cardinals & Blue Jays, etc), but those smaller birds all can get in. I may try a ground repeat trap for those HOSP, but that is really hard to do, as I catch almost everything except HOSP.October 28, 2019 at 11:27 pm #7783
Carol, my blues are still here too. We were away from last Thursday noon till after lunch on Sunday and I was wondering if they would still be here. I put both dried and live mealworms out and I didn’t see a thing on Sunday but I did see 4 on Monday. This morning I saw 6 and this afternoon there 10 that I could definitely count. So maybe they are going to hang around for the winter. I have not put any suet out yet, bears are still on the move.
To be honest I don’t see too many other birds, a blue jay here and there but no Chickadees, Titmouse, and only a couple nuthatches.
So glad your blues are finally accepting the suet, hope mine do the same when the time comes to switch.
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