03/24/19 3:00pm

BILL ZITEK PHOTO
Hungry chicks with mouths agape wait for parents to return to the nest with food.

Throughout the winter, hikers at Mashomack Preserve have come back to the Visitor Center exclaiming, “Could I have seen a bluebird out in the fields?” 

The answer is yes! A few of New York’s state birds do stick around during the cold weather, eating fruits and berries instead of the normal insect diet of the warmer months.

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03/20/15 12:00pm
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO Both male and female bluebirds on a marked nestbox. The labeled boxes allow the birds to be easily monitored.

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO | Both male and female bluebirds on a marked nestbox. The labeled boxes allow the birds to be easily monitored.

As another nesting season for eastern bluebirds approaches at Mashomack Preserve, it was a real treat to see Beverlea Walz’s wonderful photo of bluebirds bathing and drinking at her heated watering hole in the midst of this stormy winter (“Bev’s bluebirds of happiness,” January 29). Besides providing inspiring testimony to the many folks who feed and supply water for birds in the winter, this photo has another story to tell. (more…)