Since 2000, we have been providing bluebird houses on our property. These houses get occupied by Bluebirds and Tree Swallows.
There are other species such as the House Sparrow, that attack and even kill nesting Bluebirds and Tree Swallows while they attempt to hatch their eggs and rear their brood.
Bluebirds, in particular, tend to arrive too early as they try to claim nesting areas and specific boxes. I've observed them eating holly berries, but not much else.
It's time to level the playing field, and give Bluebirds a boost in the way of better nutrition, while they wait for the snow to melt off so they will have access to their normal bug-diet.
In 2023, I found out about black soldier fly larvae. This larvae is being sold through the mail alive, or dried, as chicken treats. I decided to see if Bluebirds would be interested in this high protein, and high calcium, diet.
The nutrition description describes calcium and protein content that's superior to meal worms.
Please watch the videos below, I will be posting new updates as time passes.
You can join me in helping Bluebirds and many other songbird species in getting a strong head-start on spring, and have them fortified as they defend their nest boxes and territory against invasive species such as the House Sparrow.
You can buy soldier fly larvae direct from the Grub Terra Company (my personal favorite source), as they are also helping to reduce food in the landfill. They get my vote and support.
The Video below demonstrates how I observed the birds at the feeder.
The bird feeder was given to me for feedback, and that let me on a search for Bluebird food.
There are many reasons why it is important to feed wild birds. Here are a few of them:
To provide food for birds during difficult times. Wild birds can struggle to find food during certain times of the year, such as during winter or migration. Providing them with food can help them to survive and thrive.
To attract birds to your backyard. Feeding birds can attract them to your backyard, where you can enjoy watching them up close. This can be a great way to connect with nature and learn more about birds.
To help control pests. Birds eat a variety of insects, including mosquitoes and ticks. By feeding birds, you can help to reduce the number of these pests in your area.
To provide educational opportunities. Watching birds can be a great way to teach children about nature. Feeding birds can make this experience even more enjoyable and educational.
If you are interested in feeding wild birds, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, it is important to use the right type of food. There are many different types of birdseed available, and each type is designed for a different type of bird. It is important to choose a seed mix that is appropriate for the birds in your area.
Second, it is important to keep your feeders clean. This will help to prevent the spread of disease. You should clean your feeders at least once a week, and more often if they are dirty.
Finally, it is important to be patient. Birds may not come to your feeders right away. It may take some time for them to get used to your presence. Be patient and keep feeding them, and eventually they will come to trust you and visit your feeders regularly.
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