Hello, Thank you for the lovely photos! Do you have any tips on how to get bluebirds to a feeder? I'm asked all the time. Can you explain a little bit on what you did to start feeding mealworms? – Sarah
Hi Sarah, Sure, I read about it online last year. We have that little feeder right by the bluebird house we got at your store (I know that isn’t always wise with predation but I never feed them without standing there until they’re done). I get a little grossed out by the worms so I don’t handle them, I pour them in a little colander and shake the wheat bran out until there’s just worms & I pour them into the feeder). Every time I go out to feed them I whistle the same whistle so it sounds the same, they learn to recognize the whistle and associate the sound with the mealworms. I also read some people use bells or whatever just so it’s the same sound each time. I started to feed them once they started claiming the box. I go out the same time every day in the morning and evening after supper as soon as I go out the door I start whistling and they come flying in.
The male this year follows me outside when I’m working in the yard, he must associate me with the worms. Like I mentioned, he comes while we are eating supper on deck now. They are very intelligent! Hope that helps. – Holly
Thank you Holly for sharing your photos and advice!
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