The bluebird prefers to eat out in the open, either on a platform feeder or even on the ground, thus this is not the most popular type of bird feeder in our yards.
Bluebirds are frequently seen perched on a seed feeder since their diet consists primarily of the kind of seeds available in seed mixes. Bluebirds eat nut meat and larvae in the wild, but they prefer mealworms (either dried or live) and fruit suet (if available) at the feeder.
Keep in mind that while bluebirds are seen to utilize bird houses more, they are seen to utilize bird feeders less.
If you provide the right kind of bird food and the feeder is easy to get to, bluebirds will visit your feeder.
Bluebirds will eat almost anything you put in front of them on an open platform bird feeder, as long as it is nutritionally similar to what they would find in the wild. Seeds, especially peanut kernels, mealworms, and dried fruits like berries would fall into this category.
Bluebirds can benefit in two ways when mealworms are provided in a mealworm feeder: first, the Bluebirds will have easier access to the specialist mealworm feeder, and second, the mealworm feeder can be used with a wide variety of other bird foods.
The bluebirds in your yard are almost certainly going to be eating all of the mealworms you put out for them.
In addition to mealworms, bluebirds also eat nuts from seed mixes, insects, and fruit-based suet.
Offering food on the ground or using a ground-level bird feeder to keep things neat will increase your chances of attracting bluebirds.
Frequent SEED feeders
Bluebirds are a common sight in the backyard, but it’s important to keep in mind that they are not regular bird feeders, and it will take some work to entice them to use a feeder.
Even while Bluebirds have access to a plenty of bird food, that doesn’t mean you can’t entice them to our feeders through the use of foraging techniques.
Even though bluebirds aren’t very fond of eating seeds, when they do eat bird seed, they like a mixture of shelled seeds, particularly those of the sunflower and safflower varieties.
The fact that some species are able to survive entirely on seeds does not mean, however, that any old seed bird feeder will do. In fact, bluebirds prefer feeders with plenty of perching space that won’t tip over easily.
If you want to attract bluebirds to your feeder, make sure it has a perch that’s easy for them to land on, like a hopper or platform feeder, a panoramic feeder, or a hexagon feeder.
Even while bluebirds can be spotted foraging on a seed feeder for quite some time, it’s important to keep in mind that they don’t exclusively eat seeds.
Bluebirds may be hunting for their preferred seed kernels in the seed mix, such as peanut kernels or perhaps even larvae.
Seed mixes used by Bluebirds at a seed feeder typically include nut meat or kernels to increase the overall volume of the mix.
Therefore, it is possible that bluebirds do not eat seeds or any food at all.
Bluebirds are known to devour peanuts, so be sure to include them in your seed blends. It follows that adding peanuts to seed mixes is a good strategy for attracting a large number of bluebirds to a yard, or at least for retaining the interest of other backyard wildlife.
To mimic their natural behavior, bluebirds will eat peanuts if they are placed in the open or on the ground.
It’s unusual to see a bluebird clinging to the mesh of a peanut feeder, as they lack the dexterity of more typical backyard birds.
Bluebird feeders should be hung or placed in a still part of the yard, and peanut kernels should be spread out on the platform feeder or another level surface.
Putting out nuts in the open is the greatest option for Bluebirds to consume, so don’t count on them using a traditional peanut bird feeder.
Insect SUET or dried mealworms
Bluebirds, you must know, eat mostly insects in the wild, so that is what you should give them at the bird feeder.
It’s a breeze because bluebirds enjoy snacking on insect-based suet and will consume either dried or live mealworms.
Dried mealworms can be fed to them by placing them in a dish or tray that is mounted or hung from the ceiling, ideally in an open area with no roof or other impediments.
As Bluebirds don’t develop a habit of depending on them, you can provide them with mealworms without using a bird feeder. Seeing as bluebirds are ground feeders, scattering mealworms throughout the grass will provide them with a tasty snack.
Because it attracts pests, most people would rather not use this strategy, however putting dried mealworms on a post in the yard would be the best bet.
Sprinkle some mealworms on the top of the shed, the roof of the outbuilding, the top of the fence, or an abandoned birdhouse.
Bluebirds enjoy suet made with mealworms as a regular food source, which is convenient for times when handling dried mealworms is too gross.
Place suet in the form of a block or cake on a flat, open surface, rather than suet mealworms, which may be prone to spoilage in a bird feeder.
Berries or dried fruits
Since bluebirds spend some of their winter time hunting for berries, this could be an alternative for feeding bluebirds at the feeder.
You can put out store-bought berries on the platform feeder, but fruit-based suet is much better.
Bluebirds can be expected to peck off fruits from suet cakes, reaping additional benefits from both the fruit and the suet fat.
Bluebirds can be fed fruit year-round, however in the winter when foraging is more difficult, the fruit on the open platform feeder will be gone quickly.
It wouldn’t hurt to throw in a handful of dried fruits that you picked up at the shop or even dried yourself.
Favor grapes and berries, with dried raspberries and strawberries as a viable alternate.
Scour platform feeder for nibbles
Offering Bluebirds their preferred food in an easily accessible bird feeder is a great way to entice them to visit your yard.
Bluebirds aren’t interested in hanging feeders, but a platform feeder can attract a wide range of birds to your backyard, including Eastern, Mountain, and Western Bluebirds.
Even though bluebirds don’t actually eat seeds, a mixture of bird seeds can be a lifesaver if you happen to see them foraging on top of a platform
Instead of actually consuming the seeds, bluebirds just pick through them to find the peanuts.
With platform feeders, you can do this without driving away other birds, so you can keep the Bluebirds happy without sacrificing your efforts to attract other species.
So, put out a free-form platform feeder with a mixture of peanut kernels, dried fruits, and, of course, dried mealworms.
To summarize up
To learn more about what Bluebirds consume in our yards and how we might provide them with a diet similar to that which they enjoy in the wild, consider the following.
Keep in mind that bluebirds aren’t typical visitors to bird feeders, so only particular varieties will attract them.
Bluebirds are only able to or interested in utilizing an open feeder design, such as a platform feeder on a post or the hanging type, as long as it is stable.
During the nesting season, bluebird parents will bring their young to feeders, where they will eat dried mealworms from an open feeder.
Given that they prefer to eat in the seed canopy, Bluebirds could be easily misunderstood as seed eaters.
While the bluebird is able to eat a variety of seeds, it primarily seeks out peanut kernels that are often included in less expensive wild bird feed blends.
Their preferred diet consists of dried mealworms, but they will also consume fresh berries and fruit in suet form.
In order to replenish their energy stores, bluebirds feast on berries throughout the winter. They will eat dried fruits, seek for fruit in seed mixtures, and devour fresh berries.