Bluebirds at Lathrop

We are so blessed with our wonderful flora and fauna here. In addition to all the wild flowers Barbara has written about, many have spotted some exciting wildlife.

One of my favorite birds, the Eastern Bluebird can be spotted at Lathrop thanks to our meadows that help them with feeding and nesting.bluebirdbb1

I have 2 nesting boxes behind our house at 60 Mulberry, but have not had success with Bluebirds because of the invasive House Sparrows. Last year, they attacked a bluebird nest with eggs (destroying the eggs). This year, they were in competition with the bluebirds and I ended up closing both of the boxes to keep the sparrows out.

The House Sparrow was brought to this country in the mid 1800s from England and as with invasive plants, they have no natural predators, so have flourished. They are very aggressive and are a major threat to our Bluebirds and other native bird species.

Bluebirds are not endangered, but are a declining population. Bluebirds’ preferred food is insects and insect larvae. They also eat native fruits and berries.

Some Bluebirds migrate south for the winter, but some have begun to winter over in southern New England, so we can see them here through the winter. They feed on berries (our Winterberry shrubs we have here), other fruits and have been known to eat suet.

There are many informative web sites about Bluebirds, this one includes all kinds of tricks to try keeping the Sparrows out of the nesting

~Karen Clark

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