I moved this past fall and I was saddened to leave my woods and gardens I'd labored over for 8 years.
I could take and transplant my favorite plants but I was leaving behind several pairs of bluebirds that were yearround to my yard and forest.
Those sudden patches of bright blue always managed to catch the eye and cheer everyone up.
I set out the bird feeders right away and in two weeks they were emptied by all the common birds.
I'd read that the hulls of sunflower seeds has a detrimental effect on plant growth so since the feeders were above an area I planned as garden, I bit the bullet,spent the bucks and bought a sack of hulled sunflower seeds.
Turns out, hulled sunflower seeds is one of the few human provided foods a bluebird will eat.
Long story short, I have bluebirds here too and they'll come right up and eat from the feeder as I sit less than 6' away. Mostly males, brilliant blue with rosy chests.
So I'm cheered...what cheers up your day , especially these damp,dismal rainy, cold days?