Good morning everyone-Every since my bluebirds made their winter appearance again I wanted to have their favorite food available to them.
While they have a funky smell to me the bluebirds love them. I put two feeders out back separate from the rest of the birds and waited to see if they would find the feeders.
I am happy to report they did. The females generally find them first but once she does the male catches on. It is kinda expensive but it is worth it to me to have them around. I have 2 bluebird houses and they have used both of them several times.
The weird thing is I only see one male and female at the feeders at any given time so I am not sure where all the babies go when they grow up.
I do know some of them have died which saddens me but I just do the best I can to provide an environment that is to their liking.
The pics didn't turn out as clear as I would have liked but I saw them and that is what makes me the happiest.
At some point I will take more time with my photos. I put the feeders up so I can see them outside my bedroom window.
I captured the male bluebird this morning. He landed momentarily on the feeder and then dropped to the ground where I captured him although he is barely visible. He is by the fence and about six inches from the pole in the next pic.
In the Springtime the robins and mockingbirds also like to steal the mealworms as well but they are bigger and quite the pigs so I shoo them away so the bluebirds can enjoy them.
It is an ongoing battle with both. Sometimes I win and sometimes they do. I know they need to eat too but I am not fans of bullies in the human world or the bird world.
Bluebirds have many enemies including housefinches which try to take over their nests and will kill their babies.
At one time the bluebirds were in danger of extinction but thanks to many folks who have put up bluebird houses across the country it has made a big difference.
Years ago when I lived in NY my neighbor fed birds but I didn't at that point because of my kitty Lindsey. She was quite the hunter. They moved and they had cardinals at their feeders. Well I decided to take a chance that Lindsey wouldn't get them.
That began a love affair with birds. It is easy to attract cardinals. They love sunflower seeds. Over the years I have seen many cardinals and seen them raise their young.
Both parents are involved in raising and feeding them. Males aren't born with red feathers they turn red as they get bigger.
Year before last I had 7 males feeding all at once. While I did capture a pic it was at a distance and it was blurry. Since I have moved into my woman cave next door to Mom's and brought the feeders right outside my front room window there has been lots of activity. I have spotted 4 male cardinals recently as well as the females. Now capturing them all together for a picture is something I haven't been able to do but there again having them here is what makes me the happiest.
One day I may get lucky enough to do that so I can share but for now this fellow hopped on the feeder several times and just as quickly hopped off. It is fun to watch the cardinals chase each other. Both the males and females will do it but just with each other not with other species.
My bluebirds and cardinals are my favorite kind of "PRETTY BOYS"