Bluebirds in winter
I spied a few this weekend, flitting among the bare branches in the trees along the edge of my yard. (I know, technically, it’s not winter yet. But did you go outside this weekend?)
Insect-eaters during the warmer months, bluebirds turn to other sources come winter, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
“They depend on fleshy seeds during cold periods when no insects are available. Red cedar, Virginia creeper, sumacs, bittersweet, hackberry and hawthorne are all native plants that feed wintering bluebirds.”
The Christmas Bird Count doesn’t mention them in New York until the 1947-1948 winter. The count’s data goes back to the winter of 1900-01.
The photo (by TJN photographer Ricky Flores) shows a bluebird in December 2004 at Muscoot Farm in Somers.