When I started watching for birds around here, I seldom saw bluebirds. I started reading about them and asking at the wild bird stores, and found out they don't eat seeds; they eat berries and mealworms, and they love birdbaths. My daughter happened to have an extra birdbath, so I was in business. I just can't force myself to buy mealworms. I've had enough times in my life when those little pests got into my cupboard and ruined everything, from popcorn to oatmeal. Yuck. They're hard to get rid of, once they get a foothold.
Year before last I saw an occasional lonely bluebird at the birdbath. Last spring, I bought a bluebird house and had Cliff put it atop a fence post for me.
We kept killing baby sparrows that hatched in it, but toward the end of summer, bluebirds finally took possession and hatched out some babies. I was ecstatic!
Bluebirds are supposed to migrate, although they sometimes don't leave until November; they start returning in February, which makes me wonder why they bother to leave at all.
Anyway, it seems that the family of bluebirds that hatched in the bird house is still hanging around. If I see one or two bluebirds in the bath, I have only to look around nearby and I'll see the rest of them. There are five altogether, and they're always within sight of one another. They spend a lot of time bathing, and also hanging out at the bird house, perching atop it or nearby on the fence.
I mentioned on Facebook that my bluebirds ought to be going south soon, and one of my Tractor Tales buddies told me he has a pair of bluebirds that stay there year 'round.
Oh, I can only hope!
Of course, this makes me wonder what they eat this time of year, since I was told they only eat insects and worms. One website says they eat berries and fruits.
I'll bet when they get desperate enough, they eat seeds.
So, I now have bluebirds that call this place home; maybe one day I'll even find a bluebird on my windowsill.