|It is important to point
out that feeding mealworms to bluebirds is not necessary. These
birds can manage to feed their babies and live well on their own.
Some of the reasons it is acceptable to supplement their diet are:
(1.) One mate is missing and only one adult is caring for the babies, (2.) In the very cold climates
earth is frozen and covered with snow and ice for longer than one week, (3.) To
take pictures and/or movies of these beautiful birds.
If you do feed them for pleasure and/or
picture taking, you must be careful not to give them too much food so
they continue to hunt and forage in their normal way. Once they
have been trained to come to the feeder, they should be
able to eat all the mealworms offered in less than 2 minutes! In general for an
pair I'd give them one to two teaspoonfuls of mealworms once a day. For two
adults with babies I'd give them three teaspoonfuls a day. This way the
adults and babies will remain independent and continue to hunt for food
on their own. However, they do love the treat and will come when they
know the free food is coming...
were taken of a pair of Bluebirds and their four babies in the 2012 season.
They laid five eggs, four of which hatched and the four babies are with
their parents daily. In the beginning I had to whistle a special tune for
them to come and get the mealworms. Later on they knew me well and
would come when they saw me (even if I was working in the orchard and
not bringing them any mealworms!)
Since I now live in California, these are Western Bluebirds. They are
just as wonderful to know as the Eastern Bluebirds (which I used to care for in