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Did you know that there are more than fifty billion birds on the planet? Among these are thousands of different species, including the bluebird.
This North American species nests from March to August and returns to the same breeding grounds year after year. Thus, many people who attract bluebirds to their yards can observe the same ones every spring.
Would you like to learn how to attract bluebirds to your bird feeders? If so, you’ll need to know about the bluebirds’ favorite food! This post will look at the best bird food for making your backyard a bluebird refuge, so keep reading!
Bluebirds tend to eat fruit and vegetation in the winter since the ground is frozen and insects are harder to find. Some of the fruits you can offer include:
- Dried raisins
Just remember to slice larger fruits into thin pieces and soak dried fruits in warm water for an hour to soften them. Then, the bluebirds will find them much more appealing and have an easier time digesting them.
2. Live Mealworms
If you want to feed the birds something they can’t resist, mealworms are a perfect choice. They’re easy to find at bait shops and online stores and quite affordable.
Most of the bluebird’s diet comes from insects and other invertebrates, which is why mealworms are so appealing. When insects are harder to find, mealworms will have them flocking to your yard.
For best results, place a handful in a platform or hanging bird feeder and be patient since they may not notice them at first. And, if you don’t have a bluebird feeder, learn more about their preferences before purchasing one.
3. Sunflower Seeds
Although bluebirds aren’t usually seed-eaters, they will consume hulled sunflower seeds. They are safe for bluebirds to digest without the shells and pretty affordable.
If you plan on feeding your bluebirds mealworms, you can even mix some sunflower seeds in with them. They’ll like the variety and even become more trusting of new foods you put out.
4. Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is a high-calorie food that helps bluebirds survive during food scarcity. For a healthy mix, you can bind it with other foods, such as sunflower seeds or fruits.
Of course, you will need to ensure that the peanut butter doesn’t contain hydrogenated oils. The best choice is natural peanut butter, which should only have two ingredients on the label: peanuts and salt.
Suet comes from the fat of meat, such as beef. And, like peanut butter, it is full of calories that keep birds healthy throughout the winter.
Usually, suet is covered in seeds and comes in block-form. Just pay attention to the ingredients since not all appeal to bluebirds. However, if they have sunflower seeds or dried mealworms, you’ll likely have success with suet.
Stock Your Birdhouse with Bluebirds’ Favorite Food
Now you know five of the foods bluebirds can’t resist! So buy and prepare bluebirds’ favorite food! Then, you’ll find more and more coming to your backyard, where you can observe them year after year.
Would you like to learn more tips about birds, gardening, and nature? If so, don’t forget to check out more of our posts! You will also find info about the food habit of dogs, cats, turtles, or whatever animal you have as your pet.