Wrens and Cardinals Eat Mealworms?



None of these pictures I’m going to share are that great, but since I haven’t posted in a while, and I’ve witnessed something I think is a little unusual, I hope you’ll bare with me.

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I put out live mealworms for the Eastern Bluebirds.  By the way, two of the recent fledglings from the Bluebird nest are still hanging around. The one fledgling with the deformed legs, I haven’t seen, nor have I seen the mother Bluebird (I hope she didn’t die, but I have a feeling something happened to her).  The father still hangs around as well, just not as often.  Below are the recent fledglings (I hate the picture, had to use flash, etc).

Young Eastern Bluebirds Feeding On Mealworms

Young Eastern Bluebirds Feeding On Mealworms

Back to the mealworms.  So one thing I have never seen before is a Sedge Wren (at least I think that’s what it is), or a Cardinal, eating mealworms. Heck, it’s hard enough to see any Wren since they are so secretive, so I’ve certainly never seen one eating mealworms.

Sedge Wren Eating Mealworms

Sedge Wren Eating Mealworms

Nor have I seen Cardinals eating mealworms, but there is a young male who is eating mealworms daily.  I have lots of Cardinals, but only this one eats mealworms.

Male Cardinal Eating Mealworms

Male Cardinal Eating Mealworms

For the record, Bluebirds, Titmouses, Mockingbirds, Chickadees, and Cardinals all seem to enjoy the mealworms in my yard.

Camille - Hi Larry,
Cool!! As you know, the Cardinal is the North Carolina bird, and I can definitely vouch that they love mealworms, they especially love them very early in the morning.

There are several birds that enjoy live mealworms- I have customers email us all the time at the website saying that they have birds that have never visited their mealworm feeder before, coming to eat our vita-mealies. And they want to know if I ever heard of those types of birds eating mealies before. So, I have a list (see below) that I send them of birds that enjoy mealworms and explain that most insect eating birds love them. Here is the list:

blue jays
bluebirds
cardinals
chickadees
finches
nuthatches
purple martins
robins
sparrows
titmice
woodpeckers (yes, it’s true)
wrens

I haven’t had the personal pleasure of feeding mealworms to all of these bird types myself, but I got the list from a very repuatable source a few years ago. I just can’t remember where that was, but I promise it’s a good source. :)July 31, 2013 – 10:44 pm

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