Anyway, I hung a brand new suet cage last night, and voila, this morning I had Eastern Bluebirds! It helps that we had snow flurries and cold temperatures (high of about 22 degrees). I really enjoyed seeing those brilliant flashes of blue. After seeing the good results from just the suet, I finished cleaning out my thistle feeder in preparation for re-hanging it, charged the battery in my regular squirrel-spinning feeder, filled it and hung it, and cleaned off the tray feeder and hung it and put in a cup of mealworms.
As a result of my efforts, I had many birds besides the bluebirds visiting the yard today, including:
(This was the only shot I had before he flew off, but I loved that brilliant scarlet color against the white of the day.)
Also seen but not photographed:
A great bird feeder day! I expect the squirrels and raccoons will test this new setup shortly, but today I had a free pass!