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  • #3539
    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?

      #3546
      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.

        #3548
        nhhawk6
        Participant

          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

          #3552
          Bluebirdie
          Participant

            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

            #3566
            Lisa
            Participant

              Well heck! Where do mine go!!!!

              #3567
              Lisa
              Participant

                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!

                #3582
                Lyndsey D.
                Participant

                  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!

                  #3880
                  tamsea
                  Moderator

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

                    Tammy

                    #3894
                    Lisa
                    Participant

                      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!

                      #3898
                      Love my blues!
                      Participant

                        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

                        #3902
                        tamsea
                        Moderator

                          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

                          #3907
                          Lisa
                          Participant

                            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…

                            #5419
                            zurichman
                            Participant

                              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:

                              #5426
                              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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