Pretty boys

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance

Good morning everyone-Every since my bluebirds made their winter appearance again I wanted to have their favorite food available to them.

               "MEALWORMS"

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"

 

Posted by

Sharon Lee

Comments (39)

Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Kristin-It wasn't an article it is from my knowledge of feeding and watching them for years.

Debbie-It is a labor of love. They are here in the winter and spring but disapperar in the late summer after mating season and return in the winter.

Michael-That sounds like a plan. I might do that too but I would have to read up on how to do so. I enjoy watching them too and wish I could see more of them. For a short while after mating season there is more but it is shortlived

Jan 23, 2015 11:10 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

You and my daughter are on the same page, Sharon.  On her Facebook the other day, she posted a picture of her compost pile and worms. 

Jan 24, 2015 01:47 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Myrl-I am going to  look into having a mealworm bin. I think there are a lot of us birdlovers out there

Jan 24, 2015 02:44 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

You are smart. Lizards would never eat dead mealworms, and I did have live ones. Maybe we should both be zookeepers. It seems like we know how to properly feed our critters LOL.

Jan 24, 2015 09:08 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sharon, those birds should know how much you care, and love watching them visit! 

Jan 24, 2015 09:54 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gary-You a funny guy and I think if you were a zookeeper there would be lots of pandemonium going on and they would end up keeping you LOL

Joan-That would be nice and I do love watching them

Jan 24, 2015 11:57 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I just can't beat Jon Kolsky 's comment. So, exactly what he said. Happy Sunday to you and the birds. ( and the bees, and the flowers, and the trees)  :)D 

Jan 25, 2015 05:27 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Debb-Maybe they are saying MORE Please. I loved Jon's comment. Happy Sunday to you too.

 

Jan 25, 2015 06:25 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your bird feeder experience and your photographs.

Jan 25, 2015 11:49 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

You are most welcome Roy-You have flowers and I have birds.

Jan 26, 2015 12:35 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Oh yum....mealworms.  Breakfast of champions!  LOL.

Jan 27, 2015 03:34 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

LOL Sharon-Not my idea of a good snack but the bluebirds love it and probably it is for them,

Jan 27, 2015 05:03 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Sharon ... wonderful post my friend and when I was in Thailand there were bowls of these dried meal-worms, crickets, water-bugs, etc that people would sprinkle in their soups, salads, etc for protein.

Good fresh meat in many countries in Southeast Asia is hard to find some times, so bugs are a great source of protein.

Me personally ... I would become a vegetarian before I starting eating bugs 

Jan 29, 2015 06:49 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Bob=EWWWWW I would become a vegan too. I wouldn't ever eat bugs unless I swallowed one accidentally

 

Jan 29, 2015 07:18 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Sharon, your Pretty Boys must adore you!  They do love their worms.

Feb 03, 2015 12:21 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Pat-They adore the food anyways and they do love the mealworms

Feb 03, 2015 06:37 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I like the bluebirds and cardinals, too, Sharon. I miss cardinals out here. We don't have them in my part of the country. 

Dec 27, 2015 04:54 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Debbie Laity -Two of my fav kind of birds. Wish I would see the blubirds more regularly but most of the time it is the Spring and then later in winter.

Dec 27, 2015 06:07 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

We have a ton of bluebirds here during our spring and summer months. I love seeing them. When you visit, you will likely see them, too. 

Oct 05, 2016 08:09 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Debbie Laity -  I haven't seen tons, probably only 4 at a time but they are beautiful.

Oct 05, 2016 10:22 AM

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