BlueBird Breakfast

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:

Smugmug Video (30 seconds)

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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