Is It Too Early For Bluebirds?

Sterling eating mealworms

Q: A bluebird just appeared in my back yard. Isn’t this too early for them?

A: My neighbor, Cathy G., maintains nesting boxes in our neighborhood and feeds bluebirds in her yard year round. They don’t typically migrate. During the winter they cluster where food and shelter is most available. They might be in a nearby green space where there are juniper, holly, and mistletoe berries to eat plus evergreen shrubs for shelter. The one you saw is probably out scouting for food. Bluebirds really enjoy live mealworms in winter. Consider buying a bluebird feeder and some live worms online and put it near a window so you can watch your bluebird during the winter.

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