I love attracting bluebirds. During spring and summer, bluebirds hatch regularly in birdhouses in my neighbor Cheryl’s yard. Cheryl uses live mealworms to attract bluebirds. Cheryl’s success motivated me to buy live mealworms. I keep a mealworm stash in my basement refrigerator during the warm months.
I initially place the worms in a small cup on top of a bluebird feeder that sits on my deck railing. When the bluebirds find them, I put the mealworms inside the feeder. Eventually they visit the feeder regularly.
Bluebird houses perch on five-foot-high-metal poles in an open area in my yard. Baffles clamped to the pole (below the houses) prevent snakes and animals from climbing and invading the houses. Bluebirds have attempted nests in the houses, but wrens and sparrows usually evict them before their eggs hatch.
My best bluebird attraction is my heated birdbath. It provides fresh water on freezing days when other water sources are scarce or nonexistent. Birds flock to the birdbath and provide activity and color on cold winter days.
Not only do the birds offer entertainment, the mealworms have provided some humor too. One day my sister-in-law, Dee Anne, opened my basement refrigerator looking for a drink. She was curious about the contents of the burlap sack that sat on the shelf. When she opened the mealworm bag, I heard a loud scream. I knew that she had found my special stash. I guess that mealworms were the last thing that she expected to find in my refrigerator!