This has to be one of the most endearing little birds we see in Minnesota.
I found them this year in exactly the same place (same trees) I first saw them last year, and within a week of the same time of year.
Some were hunting for berries in the bushes. Some were hawking for insects from a perch. Their little social group flitted around me and over me, chirping away like they were gossiping about me pointing some big old black tube of a lens at them.
Eastern Bluebirds are definitely one of my favorite photo subjects. Like their larger cousins, the Robins, Bluebirds eat a mixed diet of insects and fruit in the winter. Availability of food determines whether Bluebirds stay in an area year-round, and Minnesota doesn’t offer much in the way of insects during the winter. Further south Bluebirds might feast on berries of dogwood, sumac, hawthorn, virginia creeper, and wild grape, even blackberries, poke berries, or honeysuckle to supplement their insect diet.
I have Bluebird boxes in my backyard (which the House Wrens love), but have never seen a Bluebird there. Maybe I need to plant some of these fruit-bearing bushes and trees.