There aren't many sights more beautiful or more fun to watch in our gardens than bluebirds. We are blessed by having many Eastern Bluebirds in our East Texas area.
Bluebirds love to feed hungry babies mealworms, and one of the best ways to watch them feed is to use a mealworm feeder. This type of feeder comes with two plexiglass panels for viewing the birds and a hole on each end for entrance to the feeder.
The secret to the mealworm feeder is to initially remove one or both see-through sides to teach the bluebirds that the worms are present. This allows other mealworm-eating birds to feast also, but it is only a temporary measure. After the bluebirds learn where the mealworms are located, put the entrance holes back on the ends. These holes are not big enough for the other worm-eating birds to enter.
Eastern Bluebirds raise two to three broods a year, so with your mealworm feeder, your enjoyment can last most of the summer.
Connie Farrar, Smith County Master Gardener
Texas AgriLife Extension Service