During the summer, it’s important to know that birds are eating tons of bugs. They’re feeding their young lots of tasty caterpillars, moths, and more. So, if you want to keep these natural insecticides around your home, please don’t use chemical insecticides. Richard Cole, the founder of Cole’s Wild Bird Products, has some insight about how birds help you keep the bugs at bay.
The Eastern Bluebird is a small thrush found in open woodlands, farmlands, orchards, and suburbs of the eastern United States. While they reside year-round in the Southeast, people in the northeastern United States and parts of Canada only get to see these beautiful birds during breeding season in the Summer.
Male Eastern Bluebirds are easy to spot since they are royal blue on the back and head. The breast is reddish-brown. The females are less brilliantly colored with blue tinges in the wings and tail, and a subdued orange-brown breast.
You’ll often see the Eastern Bluebird perched near the ground as it searches for food such as insects and berries. It’s a favorite among birders who enjoy seeing the bright blue color and the happy nature of these little birds. If you want to attract them to your feeder and keep them happy, you may want to try live or dried mealworms. The Eastern Bluebird also likes to eat sunflower meats as well as any easy to eat suet product such as Cole’s Suet Kibbles™ or Cole’s Suet Pearls™.
A few other interesting tidbits about the Eastern Bluebird: According to Cornell University, in addition to small insects, Eastern Bluebirds have also been known to catch and eat larger prey items such as shrews, salamanders, snakes, lizards and tree frogs; the oldest recorded Eastern Bluebird lived to be 10 years 5 months old; and it is the state bird of Missouri and New York.
Trish Dumont, one of our Cole’s Facebook fans nominated the Eastern Bluebird for the May Bird of the Month. Thanks, Trish. Do you have a favorite bird you would like to nominate, let us know about it on the Cole’s Wild Bird Products Facebook Page.