Eastern Bluebirds in Winter

December 26, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)-6267Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)-6267Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) Western Pennsylvania.Early Winter. Foraging on the ground for insects.
Fruits are especially important when insects are scarce in the winter. Some preferred winter food sources include dogwood, hawthorn, wild grape, and sumac, and hackberry seeds. Supplemental fruits eaten include black raspberries, bayberries, fruit of honeysuckle, Virginia creeper, eastern juniper, and pokeberries. Bluebirds feed by perching on a high point, such as a branch or fence post, and swooping down to catch insects on or near the ground. The availability of a winter food source will often determine whether or not a bird will migrate. If bluebirds do remain in a region for the winter, they group and seek cover in heavy thickets, orchards, or other areas in which adequate food and cover resources are available.
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Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)-6270Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)-6270Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) Western Pennsylvania.Early Winter.The bluebirds were very active and flying in and out of my nest boxes.

Bluebirds were everywhere this morning. It was quite warm for December in Pennsylvania. They were flying around and fighting

with each other. It was more like spring behavior.


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