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The answers to yesterday’s puzzle were:  #1 Pileated Woodpecker; #2 Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker, and #3 Red-headed Woodpecker.  I hope you enjoyed that little game and did well at spotting which bird was which!

The Eastern Bluebird families here on the lakeshore, are coming around to my backyard pretty often now.  The big attractions are the recent hatch of the Thirteen-Year Brood Cicadas and the suet feeder I have in the yard.  The insect-eating birds such as the Eastern Bluebirds love to snack on the suet block.  The suet feeder is designed for Woodpeckers and other long-tailed birds, but the Bluebirds like it just fine.  They will wait until other birds such as the Woodpeckers have left, and then they will fly to the pole, perch, and wait their individual turn.  When it is their turn, they then just snack-away!

Bluebirds mostly enjoy insects, but will eat some seeds, nuts, and bits of fruit.  I used to have dried Mealworms out for the Bluebirds, but these were never eaten.  I gave up on that idea.  Maybe fresh live Mealworms would be appreciated but I don’t think I want to go to those lengths.  I will stick with bird seed, and good suet cakes to tempt the songbirds.  I took these pictures on July 22, 2011 from my deck and doorway.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Eastern Bluebirds Love Suet Treats!" (10)

  1. sweet little beauties.

  2. Can’t believe it… Got all of the questions right yesterday… Wasn’t sure about the Pileated… Didn’t look much like a Pileated to me….

    Cute little Bluebirds. I saw a male and female Bluebird at my feeders today also… I was happy to see them. So many of ours have disappeared this summer… Don’t know why. We usually have BUNCHES of them.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

    • Hi Betsy, Conrats on your success with the game – you win a virtual gold star! I think the only reason I have Bluebirds is that I am the only person for several lots who feeds the birds and has suet treats out. Have a super nice day and stay cool!

  3. I had no idea that bluebirds eat suet!!!

    • Hi Ginny, Yes, the Eastern Bluebirds like insects and will take suet when they can’t find insects or don’t feel like hunting. Have a splendid afternoon and evening!

  4. You are lucky to have these around! There was one pair of western bluebirds who came around here quite often this summer, but that was all and they seem to have gone now. Still quite a few up by the hayfields though.

  5. I finally saw a blue bird on my suet feeder last week. You are lucky to have so many!

  6. My favorite birds! I just love the bluebirds, I have never seen them at my suet feeders. They usually liked the mealworms. Great photos.

  7. […] Eastern Bluebirds Love Suet Treats! « Wildlifewatcher's Blog The big attractions are the recent hatch of the Thirteen-Year Brood Cicadas and the suet feeder I have in the yard. The insect-eating birds such as the Eastern Bluebirds love to snack on the suet block. […]

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