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Lots of birds that winter in areas where the weather is harsh will switch their diet from invertebrates in the summer to a plant based diet in the winter. Bluebirds are bug eaters that switch over to suet, fruit, nuts, and berries in the winter. A bluebird that visits a seed feeder in the winter is much more likely to visit a mealworm feeder or hunt for bugs in the summer.
Water is just as important as food for birds in the summer as well as the winter. All birds drink, but some birds visit baths more often than others. Cardinals can get a lot of liquid through their food and might not drink at baths as often as other birds. Nice juicy bugs, berries and fruit may require the cardinal to make fewer stops at the bath.
American Robins, Eastern Bluebirds and other birds in the thrush family all seem to frolic in the water more than other backyard birds. They may bathe more to remove excessive oil from their feathers. Most birds have a preen gland or uropygial gland at the base of the tail. With their beak, birds realign the barbs correctly, remove any dirt or parasites and sometimes apply preen oil. Robins and bluebirds seem to produce more preen oil than other birds.
feathers carefully for a year until they go through another molt.
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