[mou] bird feeding chart

Larson Kelly northernflights at charter.net
Mon Apr 7 17:54:53 CDT 2008

Everybody loves mealworms!
Many species of songbird that visits our yards, frequent our water  
features, and eat our seed feeders will switch to a highly  
insectivorous diet once their eggs hatch. Chicks require incredible  
amounts of energy to fuel their rapid growth and insects provide the  
bulk of the fat and protein.

Examples of birds that have visited my yard for mealworms:
Bluebirds, of course you will need housing to attract them to the  
area first.
Orioles can be convinced to visit your yard all summer by offering  
mealworms, the usually stop coming to nectar and jelly after the  
chicks hatch.
Chipping Sparrow, Nuthatch, Cardinal, Blue Jay, Chickadee, Catbird,  
Thrasher, House Finch, Purple Finch, Yellow-rumped, Tennessee, and  
Orange-crowned Warbler.
If placed on a shallow tray on the ground near brush you might entice  
Robins and other thrushes as well as a whole host of more secretive  
sparrows and warblers.

The problem with mealworms is keeping the tray filled once the word  
gets out!

I highly recommend "Wild About Birds" a MN DNR publication written by  
Carroll Henderson of the Non Game Wildlife Department as the bible of  
backyard bird feeding. It is available at most libraries, wild bird  
specialty shops or on line from the MN Bookstore.

Kelly Larson
Bagley/Bemidji Minnesota

Eschew Obfuscation!
The middle of Nowhere is Somewhere!

On Apr 7, 2008, at 4:31 PM, kbotul at frontiernet.net wrote:

> I was just woundering if there was a full chart that shows what birds
> eat what so if some one can tell me where i can look what i am trying
> to figure out is what birds eat mealworms.
>                                      Mike Lehrke
>                                          thank you
> wright county MN.
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