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!