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Bluebirds just happen to be my favorite backyard birds. These delicate little birds are so sweet.  They make the most distinct sound.  I love all birds and photographing birds in my backyard is so much fun. It also gives me a lot of practice with my camera.

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Male bluebirds are bright blue with an orange throat.  Females are less colorful but just as pretty and sweet.

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Every spring I put up at least one new bird house for them to raise their young in.  I have quite a few boxes scattered around my yard on trees and fence posts.

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During the winter months there is not as much for birds to eat.  I enjoy feeding the birds in the winter and it gives me the opportunity to understand the types of birds that frequent my backyard. A Bluebirds diet consist mainly of small fruits and they also hunt insects and spiders.  The birds perch, watch, and then swoop to the ground to pounce on their prey. Everyone should make it a practice to feed them birdseed in the winter.  I didn’t realize that they would eat seeds until last winter and I seen them eating it out of my feeder.  I snapped a few photos of them as they grabbed corn and then flew off.  If you keep bird seed out in your feeders all winter you will have all types of birds.  They are such a joy to watch.

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Here is a male with a piece of corn.

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Bluebirds are attracted to platform bird feeders, filled with grubs of the darkling beetle, sold by many online bird product wholesalers as mealworms.  Bluebirds will also eat raisins soaked in water. In addition, in winter bluebirds use backyard heated birdbaths.  Wikipedia

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Bluebirds are considered a fairly common bird but during the last century their numbers have declined.  By putting bird boxes out for them to raise their young you are helping these little birds continue to thrive.   So please help these little birds out by putting boxes around your home and yard.

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Leah

 

 

 

 

 

 

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