Why would I want to use a window feeder?

Mealworm feeders sometimes are designed to resemble houses, with clear panels on two sides and openings on the other sides, for birds to easily access the food. A small dish usually rests in the bottom of the feeder, holding the mealworms. Others can work in combination with fruit feeders, or roasted mealworms may be placed on a tray.

Bluebird Feeder at Natural Gardens

Bluebird Feeder at Natural Gardens

Mealworms will attract Bluebirds!

Bluebirds are a welcome sight throughout the United States and most of Canada, and attracting them to your area is a great way to help increase their population. Adding nesting boxes to your sanctuary and placing mealworm and suet feeders near the roost entices bluebirds to stay near your home.

In addition to offering housing, place an offering of mealworms, suet, and berries in your birding sanctuary. The staple of bluebirds’ diets are insects and berries, and can be enhanced with food from a feeder. If you choose to feed live mealworms, opt for an enclosed feeder with clear sides. This allows birds to see the feed, but prevents the worms from escaping from the reservoir. Live mealworms are preferred in the summer months, but if your bluebirds remain in the area in colder months, you may also want to try feeding roasted mealworms. Adding suet in caged or log style feeders may also help attract bluebirds. Berries, raisins, and peanuts are a favorite addition to bluebirds’ diets.