I posted this morning over at Substack where the friction is less than here in WordPress. You can go there and read my musings about diets and digestion, with more to come about bugs for breakfast in your own bowl someday.
Read: What BlueBirds Have for Breakfast at Earth Alive: Field Notes from the Southern MOuntains.
And here’s what GhostReader offered as a summary, for those whose lives are WAY TOO BUSY to read more words just now:
The document describes observations of bluebirds’ changing diet, noting that they eat highly-nutritious beetle grubs until mid May, then mostly mature beetles. The author wonders how bluebirds digest their food so completely, and considers the possibility of humans incorporating insects into their diets. The author suggests harvesting emerging June beetles to measure insect density as a potential food source. The document ends with a playful note about insects being “not just for bluebirds anymore!”
On Substack, there is also a link to a short video of two bluebird siblings killing time while waiting on a maternal mouthful that never came. Since you stopped by Fragments and asked nicely, here’s the link: