For several weeks no bird went near the feeder and I began to feel like the gullible consumer that would swallow anything including the theory that bluebirds would enter an enclosed space to get bluebird nuggets.
I also spread some bluebird nuggets and meal worms around the ground and soon realized that the meal worms were being eaten but not the nuggets. So I emptied the nuggets out of the feeder and spread a few meal worms on the platform of the feeder and even in the doorway. And to my joy and surprise, they started using the feeder like the private lunch counter it was meant to be.
I really enjoyed watching them enjoy their meal worms and I often wondered if more than one would ever go in there at a time. Here's a bluebird with a meal worm in his beak.
And here's a bluebird surveying the situation. This is how they poise to enter their nesting box also.
First they check it out. Then they jump in and start eating.
The second one hesitated but only momentarily.
Actually I'm very surprised that the #1 bluebird was so unfriendly toward the #2 bluebird. I'm wondering if we might not have two nesting pairs here. Especially since I've seen what appears to be two different sets of fledglings. I'll be curious to see if that's the case.