March 6, 2019 | Posted in:Education
The winter has been rough this year, but the Bluebirds are still around. The Eastern Bluebirds don’t always leave the area for warmer pastures. If they can find sources of food, shelter, and water, they will chill out in your back yard.
One of our volunteers sent these photos from his home. As you can see, this Bluebird was taking advantage of the bounty still on the branches of this ornamental pear.
If you would like to have Bluebirds winter over in your area, consider planting berry-bearing trees and shrubs, such as Highbush Cranberry, Holly, Sumac, Flowering Dogwood, and Hawthorns to name a few. They will find shelter in many evergreens or empty nest boxes and roosting boxes.
Consider adding some of these elements to your yard, and you may just find a little blue to brighten up your winter days.
Angela T. Baron is a Zoology major, children's book author and illustrator, and Bluebird Ambassador for the New York State Bluebird Society. She joined The Len Anderson Memorial Bluebird Trail (formerly The Clarence Bluebird Trail) to help out her community and local wildlife. She enjoys birding and photography when she is not busy writing or illustrating, and has taken on the task of logging our nest box data and keeping the website running smoothly. You can find out more about her writing at www.atbaron.com