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When insects are not available, bluebirds will eat other foods including suet, berries, mealworms, and soft cracked seeds such as sunflower chips. The fruits eaten in the fall provide the bluebirds with insulative winter fat.  Feeders containing mealworms or currants often attract bluebirds. Planting berry-bearing trees and shrubs is an excellent means of providing bluebirds with food.
Bluebird feeders usually have clear plastic or glass sides with 1 1/2" inch diameter entrance holes at either end. The sides may need to be left open at first to attract the bluebirds to the feeding station. In many areas, dogwood berries and mealworms can be purchased locally.  They can also be purchased via the Internet.  
Bluebird Feeder
Bluebird feeders such as this one may be purchased or made.
Winter Pudding Recipe

You may want to try this "Winter Pudding" recipe for your bluebird feeder!

  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 cup margarine
  • 4 cups grits (not instant)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • raisins and peanut hearts (optional)

In a large saucepan, bring water and margarine to a boil. Slowly add grits, stirring and cooking until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat and add peanut butter, raisins and peanut hearts. Mix together well, then place in feeders. Freeze the balance in low plastic or foil containers for future use.


Other Backyard Bird Recipes

Please click here for 3 more backyard recipes for birds, which include the following:

  1. Miracle Meal

  2. Bluebird Meal
Bluebird by Nestbox

Photo by Rudolf W. Grau of Charlotte, NC



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