Training Eastern Bluebirds Or How They Train Me



I’ll go ahead and warn you right now. This post is going to have lots of Eastern Bluebird photos, so if you have a slow connection I apologize.

I titled this post training Bluebirds, but make no mistake, they really have trained me. However, just for kicks, assume I could actually train Bluebirds.

Perhaps I might have the female Bluebird lift her leg on command, like this picture.

Female Eastern Bluebird Lifting Leg Eating Mealworms

Female Eastern Bluebird Lifting Leg Eating Mealworms

Or perhaps I would teach the male Bluebird to wave at me with one of its wings.

Male And Female Eastern Bluebird Sitting Together

Male And Female Eastern Bluebird Sitting Together

Or maybe I would tell the male Bluebird to make a mealworm moustache.

Male Eastern Bluebird With Mealworm Moustache

Male Eastern Bluebird With Mealworm Moustache

Or, how about having the male spread his wings up in the air on command?

Male Eastern Bluebird With Wings Spread Wide

Male Eastern Bluebird With Wings Spread Wide

Well, that might be some of the things I would teach the Bluebirds if I could actually train them (which I can’t).

Nonetheless, taking pictures of Bluebirds being birds is entertaining (at least for me) as well.

Male Eastern Bluebird Flying Away From Nest Box

Male Eastern Bluebird Flying Away From Nest Box

 

Male Eastern Bluebird On Top Of Nest Box

Male Eastern Bluebird On Top Of Nest Box

 

Male Eastern Bluebird Leaving Nest Box

Male Eastern Bluebird Leaving Nest Box

I conclude this post with a young Mockingbird picture. Mockingbirds tend to have a nasty disposition, and this young bird is no different. However, when it tried to intimidate the Bluebirds, they took it straight to the ground.  Below is a picture of it sitting on the fence after being taught an important lesson.

Young Mockingbird Sitting On Fence

Young Mockingbird Sitting On Fence

Justin - Bluebirds are so fun to watch. We have really enjoyed out little pair in the backyard. One morning we literally watched and photographed them for hours over coffee. Do you feed them live or dried mealworms? I have had no luck with the dried ones yet.April 21, 2013 – 11:21 pm

texdr - They are one of my favorite birds. I’ve only fed them live meal worms from .

I know the bluebirds watch me from somewhere, because as soon as I walk outside, they fly down to the fence and then start flapping their wings waiting for me to feed them meal worms:-)April 21, 2013 – 11:38 pm

Don & Kate - Fantastic photography! We especially the one with the male poking his head out of the the house, and the one with the male in mid flight. We should try the live mealworms, but we need to figure out how to keep them away from the squirrels.April 24, 2013 – 6:58 am

Vicki N. Martin - I wanted to fed my bluebirds but wasn’t sure if I would have to make a box for the mealworms myself or are you able to buy something from a feed and seed store?April 25, 2013 – 2:12 pm

texdr - You can just get a little meal worm dish from the pet store. They just run a few dollars. You just want to get something that has a little bit of a lip to it so the meal worms don’t immediately crawl outApril 25, 2013 – 4:56 pm

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