Attracting Bluebirds to Your Yard

Attracting Bluebirds to Your Yard

The Crabby Nook on 8th Sep 2021

Everyone wants to attract Bluebirds to their yard. The key to attracting Bluebirds is providing a safe yard with lots of coverage with berry bushes and fruit trees. Bluebirds are a part of the Thrush family like the Robin and their eating habits are the same. You will rarely see Bluebirds at your feeding stations mainly because they typically do not perch on narrow ledges or short perches. They are attracted to clean birdbaths, heated birdbaths in the winter, and nesting boxes.

In general, bluebirds are insectivorous, and eat primarily insects throughout the spring, summer, and early fall. As cold temperatures kill insect populations in late fall and winter, the birds will consume more fruits when they can't find enough insects. 

To supplement bluebirds' diet at the feeders, consider offering:

  • Mealworms, either live, dried, canned, or roasted;
  • Small chunks of fruits, such as apples or pears;
  • Whole or diced berries, including raspberries and blackberries;
  • Softened dried fruits, especially raisins, blueberries, cranberries, and currants;
  • Suet, preferably diced into small chunks, nuggets, or shreds;
  • Chopped peanut hearts (no shells);
  • Peanut Butter or bird dough;
  • Sunflower hearts or small chips; and,
  • Eggshells, broken into small chips, as supplemental calcium during the nesting season.

These foods should be offered in broad, open feeders that will help these thrushes feel comfortable and safe with a cover over the feeding area that will help keep the food protected from rain or snow. Trays and dishes are best for bluebirds.

Bluebirds can be very finicky when picking out a yard to hang out in. They like to stay close to the same area throughout the year depending on food sources. They do not eat normal bird seed. 

Bluebirds will not eat: 

  • Whole sunflower seeds;
  • Millet;
  • Mixed birdseed;
  • Whole peanuts; and,
  • Cracked corn.

While bluebirds will sample sunflower chips when they are easily available and no other foods are abundant, these birds don't typically eat seed.

They also don't sip hummingbird nectar. Avoiding these less desirable foods at a feeder buffet or separating feeding stations to provide a bluebirds-only section can help attract bluebirds to the feeders.

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