Attracting birds to the garden is easy when you know the lifestyle of that bird. Bluebirds are one of my favorites! So, naturally, finding the best bluebird feeders was on my “to do” list when we moved to our current property.
Bluebirds don’t actually like seeds. They LOVE mealworms. So, getting the right bird feeder for bluebirds is a matter of finding ones that can feature this type of food! That’s not always easy to accomplish. It’s like hunting if you were hunting for happiness 😉
Other things to keep in mind when looking for the right bluebird feeder are their size, their habits, and the sometimes pushier natures of everything else that wants the same meal they do.
You have to do everything you can to encourage bluebirds to your feeder. And whenever possible, make sure they’re not cheated out of their prize by other birds and animals.
Fortunately, people have been having their hearts gladdened by bluebirds for thousands of years – that whole “bluebird of happiness” legend has a long history.
That means we’ve become pretty good at studying them and building feeders that offer them a meal which can’t be stolen by other animals.
So much so, that the market is competitive. So, how do you know which are the best bluebird feeders out there, and which only look pretty, but won’t bring the bluebirds you want round to your place for breakfast and a song?
Read our guide to the best bluebird feeders on the market and you won’t go wrong.
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If you’re looking for a bluebird feeder, here’s what you need to know.
Are you going to position the feeder permanently, and if so where? Or will it be a hanging feeder that can be moved around entice more bluebirds to your garden?
Mealworm bluebird feeder
There’s a strong argument for using a mealworm feeder: some bluebirds won’t migrate if they have a regular food source where they are. If you’re diligent about refilling it, there’s no reason why your mealworm feeder shouldn’t be that food source. After all, it’s easier for the birds to get a meal from you than to find mealworms in the ground in colder weather.
So if you still want bluebirds later in the year, keep your mealworm feeder filled. That way, your feeder becomes a regular stop for the birds.
Erva bluebird feeder
Erva bluebird feeders deliver four important things. They’re:
- a reliable diner for bluebirds and other smaller birds
- an impossible challenge for larger birds like starlings, which might otherwise steal the food.
- relatively safe from the likes of cats, who might otherwise try and eat the bluebirds
- And they give all-around visibility for you, so you can enjoy watching the comings and goings of the birds
While there are many types and brands of bluebird feeder, Erva feeders are perhaps the most elegant examples of the ‘only small birds allowed’ philosophy which helps feed bluebirds reliably, without their meals being stolen by bigger creatures.
Bluebird feeders food
We know bluebirds love mealworms, but that’s by no means the only thing that can attract them in feeders. They’re small birds, more or less constantly on the move. So high-energy foods like suet and suet cakes will always find favor as they need to regularly recharge.
They also like foods high in natural sugars, like small slices of fruit. Be aware of scale though: these are small birds. Scale down your fruit slices to doll’s house size if you’re going to use them to give your visiting bluebirds a sugar-hit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to place the bluebird feeder
Bluebirds usually like feeders that have space around them, are not too hot. So, avoid putting your feeder in the middle of a concrete patch standing close to your house. The crowded environment and the latent heat might discourage them from visiting it.
Also, don’t put it too close to walls or windows, because accidents can happen, especially if the bluebirds see their reflection and try to check it out.
Give your bluebird feeder as much air and space as possible. Ideally, put it somewhere shaded, where the bluebirds can check out the environment.
And of course, avoid putting it where potential predators might use your bluebird feeder as their own bluebird buffet.
So, where will you hang your bluebird feeder?
Even the best bluebird feeder is no good if the bluebirds don’t know it’s there.
Bluebirds nest quite high up. They also aren’t afraid of flying high. So if possible, to attract them to your feeder, hang it at least seven feet up. That way, it stands a better chance of catching their eye and drawing them in.
It’s the bluebird equivalent of putting advertising hoardings on the side of the freeway, where people will see them, rather than three miles down a dirt road, where they won’t.