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Sunday, April 15, 2018

What bluebirds do in the snow

Can I put mealworms out if bluebirds are already in the area because the ground is so frozen and there are no insects out yet. 

Bluebirds do benefit from receiving feeder food when harsh conditions such as prolonged period of chilly, wet weather, or snow & cold, or when ice coats most of the wild berries. Mealworms, suet, nuts, sunflower hearts, softened fruits, and seed cylinders can all be fed to bluebirds.

The Eastern Bluebirds eat mainly fruit, nuts and berries from trees, bushes, and vines during the cold months and then in the warmer months it goes back to mostly worms and insects.

A heated birdbath may also help them with afternoon drinks and feather preening. Keeping your feathers in top condition is very important in bad weather to keep the warmth in and the cold out.

Migratory movements haven't been studied in depth for Eastern Bluebirds. Some migrate to the southern states and some just move when they want to avoid snow and freezing rain and then move right back. Early April is usually peak nest building time in mid-Michigan. But don't worry, they will put a halt to construction and then pick right up again when the weather turns more favorable.

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