Dried Mealworms, Starlings & Erva’s Mealworm Feeder

Eastern Bluebird in Adjusted Erva Starling Proof Mealworm Feeder
Eastern Bluebird in Adjusted Mealworm Feeder

Sometimes a feeder works great right out of the box. Sometimes you need to make adjustments. You might remember that I now use Erva’s Starling Proof Mealworm Feeder to offer dried mealworms to Eastern Bluebirds and Carolina Wrens. I like this feeder very much, but I think it is really designed for live mealworms rather than dried. You might not think that would make a difference but it does.

Without alteration, it keeps the European Starlings about 90% out of the mealworms. When used as-is, the bluebirds and wrens get the majority, which is hugely better than anything else I tried for offering dried mealworms previously. But, wanting to more completely block out the starlings, I’ve tweaked the feeder . . . using a carryout container! This made all the difference.

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My Favorite Birdbath: Studio-M Birdbath Art Pole

Studio-M "Butterfly Haven" Birdbath Artpole
Studio-M “Butterfly Haven” Birdbath Artpole

I currently have six birdbaths in my yard. Two are DIY, one is really a (sometimes) heated pet bowl, another is an old tiny decorative metal birdbath and one hangs off my front porch rail. But this one, a Studio-M Birdbath Art Pole, is my favorite and is popular with the birds too. Here’s why.

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Where to Put Bird Feeders: Spread Them Out!

Backyard Bird Feeders

How do you make your yard’s bird feeders a success with a wide variety of birds? If you’ve got more than one or two feeders, and have the space, consider spreading them out! Too many feeders right on top of each other, each appealing to different types of birds, creates congestion. This increases conflict as species and personal spaces overlap.

This doesn’t mean that every feeder has to be its own remote island. Think about about feeder types and which birds are likely to visit each feeder. Then cluster the feeders that make sense to be near each other. Leave space in between the clusters to allow various species to eat relatively peacefully at the same time.

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