Do eastern bluebirds come to feeders?

Answered by Edward Huber

Eastern bluebirds do come to feeders! While they primarily feed on insects and berries in the wild, they will also visit feeders for an easy meal. However, it’s important to note that bluebirds have specific preferences when it comes to feeders.

Eastern bluebirds prefer feeders that are open and accessible, allowing them to easily grab food. They are not particularly fond of feeders with small perches or narrow feeding ports, as these can be difficult for them to use. Instead, they prefer feeders that provide a spacious and open area for them to land and feed.

If you have other birds such as starlings, grackles, or other larger birds that can scare off bluebirds, it may be beneficial to use a covered feeder with an entrance hole of around 1½ inches. This size of the hole allows bluebirds to enter and access the food while keeping out larger birds that may intimidate or compete with them.

Using a covered feeder with an entrance hole can also help protect the bluebirds’ food from rain, snow, and other weather conditions. This way, the food remains fresh and appealing to the bluebirds.

It’s worth mentioning that bluebirds are cavity nesters, meaning they typically nest in tree cavities or specially designed nest boxes. So, if you have a bluebird nest box in your yard, placing a feeder nearby can attract bluebirds more effectively. They tend to prefer areas with both food and suitable nesting sites.

In my personal experience, I have observed eastern bluebirds regularly visiting my open feeders. I have a spacious platform feeder with a wide open area, which seems to be very inviting to them. I have also seen them using covered feeders with entrance holes when larger birds are present in the area. It’s always a joy to see these beautiful birds visiting the feeders and enjoying a meal.

Eastern bluebirds do come to feeders, but their preferences should be taken into consideration. Open feeders with a spacious landing area are preferred, but covered feeders with an entrance hole can be used if larger birds are present. Providing a suitable nesting site nearby can also attract bluebirds to your feeders.