I’ve always loved Bluebirds. But I never really saw them. I can remember once, many years ago, seeing one in my yard for a brief visit, but that was it. A couple of years ago, I started frequenting a nearby metropark and met some fellow birders. They gave me a heads-up as to where the Bluebirds hung out and, sure enough, I started seeing them regularly. I mentioned that I never saw them in my yard and one man suggested a heated birdbath. So that was the top item on my Christmas list this year and I set up the birdbath soon after the new year.
Sure enough, the Bluebirds started coming. They don’t stay long, just fly in for a quick drink and, once in a while a bath, and then leave. Most surprising to me was that three or four would come at one time. I went from never seeing a Bluebird to seeing them a few times a week. They are truly beautiful–the color, especially on the males, is fantastically bright.
I’d love to do more to keep them attracted to my yard. I started putting out dried mealworms, but so far only the Carolina Wrens have been eating them. And I considered a Bluebird house, but my yard doesn’t really seem great for them to nest in. It seems they like their nest located in a more open area–like a meadow–and we don’t have much open space in our wooded yard. I do have plans to put up a nest box this spring, but I’d be surprised if the Bluebirds chose it for their own.