Eastern Bluebirds Did Well This Year

July 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Eastern Bluebirds did well this year at my place in town. This is the second successful brood. They didn't do well at all at my other place near the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. Something happened to the male and the female and the eggs were abandoned at that location.

I am always amazed at what the male and female Eastern Bluebirds will bring to feed the young. Caterpillars are popular, but spiders are common also.

I have a simple setup for photographing these birds here in my yard. I photograph them from my pickup which is always nearby and they are used to seeing it. I only spend a short amount of time photographing them and then I leave them alone.

Female Eastern Bluebird With SpiderFemale Eastern Bluebird With SpiderEastern Bluebird Female Eastern Bluebird With CaterpillarFemale Eastern Bluebird With CaterpillarFemale Eastern Bluebird With Caterpillar

Eastern Bluebird Facts

  • About two-thirds of the diet of an adult consists of insects and other invertebrates.
  • The remainder of the bird's diet is made up of wild fruits or berries.
  • Favored insect foods include grasshoppers, crickets, katydids, and beetles. Other food items include earthworms, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, sow bugs, and snails.
  • Fruits are especially important when insects are scarce in the winter. Some preferred winter food sources include dogwood, hawthorn, wild grape, and sumac, and hackberry seeds.
  • Supplemental fruits eaten include black raspberries, bayberries, fruit of honeysuckle, Virginia creeper, eastern juniper, and pokeberries.
  • Bluebirds feed by perching on a high point, such as a branch or fence post, and swooping down to catch insects on or near the ground. (Wikipedia)

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