If you want to provide food to help and attract bluebirds, the best thing you can offer is mealworms. Live are best, but bluebirds will often eat the dried mealworms as well. Providing mealworms during nesting reduces the stress to the bluebirds of having to find all their food and can improve success rates. Bluebirds also eat bluebird nuggets or suet. Providing crushed suet in a tray is easiest for the bluebirds.
Water for drinking and bathing is also a great way of attracting and keeping bluebirds. Having a supply of water throughout the year encourages bluebirds to hang out, and eventually, nest in your yard.
Planting berry bushes, like American Bittersweet, this spring provides food sources for bluebirds for next winter. So what are you waiting for? Put your houses up, and mealworms, suet and water out, then sit back and watch these brilliant blue gems light up your backyard!
Steve Grinley is the owner of Bird Watcher’s Supply and Gift in Newburyport.