August 21, 2019 at 4:56 pm #7746
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.
Connie (PA)August 21, 2019 at 6:30 pm #7747
Connie, yes, looking forward to next year.August 21, 2019 at 8:08 pm #7749blue diamondsParticipant
Maybe they will show up again……you know they like to surprise us and keep us guessing. I also enjoyed this season, looking forward to doing it all again.
Judy-MichiganAugust 21, 2019 at 9:02 pm #7750David in Stafford,VAParticipant
It has been fun this year. Lots of unexpected happenings every where.
But we also had a lot of new young blues take wing.
Stafford, VAAugust 23, 2019 at 8:24 pm #7757
Judy, you were right they do know how to surprise us. All 6 are back later than before but I see them both morning and night. I am smiling again.
ConnieAugust 24, 2019 at 12:02 pm #7761blue diamondsParticipant
Connie, that’s terrific‼️ I would love that kind of surprise. Enjoy.
Judy-MichiganSeptember 19, 2019 at 7:20 am #7768DanaParticipant
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.September 19, 2019 at 10:30 am #7770
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)September 30, 2019 at 5:01 am #7773DanaParticipant
lol Carol I am picturing them balking at the peanut butter. Too cute.October 3, 2019 at 9:00 pm #7774
Dana, today was the first day I fed my peanut butter suet to the 8 or 9 blues now around. And they all did balk pretty heavy, except papa blue and he did eat some, trying to get the others to join him. But there will be no more worms this season, so they better well get used to it!! (Just like our children – always want more and better (ha, ha). Have a good winter – spring will be here before we know it, hopefully.October 4, 2019 at 10:59 pm #7775
I am happy to report some of my blues are still here. I got some more mealworms and I see them at the feeder every now and then. I cannot put any suit out, the black bears are not in hibernation yet and they will destroy the feeder trying to get to it, so for now I will try to stay with the worms.
ConnieOctober 5, 2019 at 6:09 pm #7777
Connie, black bears! Wow, I would definitely not do anything to encourage them to come into my yard either! Learn something new every day. I just switch to suet to give my pocketbook a break during the winter. And the ingredients are really good for the birds (fat for keeping warm, peanut butter for protein, little dab of sugar for energy, etc. Glad you are seeing your blues still.
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