April 2020

Vol. 48, No. 2

Mealworms—How Scrumptious

David Clapp

Eastern Bluebirds. All photographs by the author.

My wife Fran and I occasionally have had Eastern Bluebirds appear at our feeders. They will drop to the ground to eat suet flakes dislodged by the woodpeckers or feed at the suet cakes that hang like drab flat ornaments throughout the yard. The bluebirds always get me thinking of ways to keep them around the house or at least around the yard, especially ways to secure them for the winter.

For old-time birders and birdfeeding folks, the very idea of bluebirds in the winter is a bit of a shock. They were not commonly found in New England in the winter and the breeding population was modest at best. The Eastern Bluebird has made a leap forward in distribution and population during the recent decade or two, in great part due to people putting up nesting boxes for the bluebirds. There are hundreds of bluebird boxes out there and "bluebird trails" installed, monitored, and maintained by nature groups and bird clubs that offer nesting opportunities galore.

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