Can anyone give me information on how bluebirds survive over the winter? I've been reading that many do stay in northern climates, but am wondering what I can/should do to help them be comfortable and survive. I was blessed with a family of bluebirds who successfully bred and fledged their two offspring over the summer. My bluebird boxes, (I have two placed at adequate distances from one another) are posted high on poles along our upper level deck. We enjoyed the show all summer as our large great room picture window looks out onto the deck. We assisted with discouraging predators and feeding suet and meal worms once the babies hatched. Keeping careful records enabled me (I'm a teacher and have the summer "off") to actually witness the moment of first flight! Each baby winged away from the box successfully on the first try! I derive my user name from the bluebird father--I would call to him as I put out new mealworms. He was my "Little Daddy" and he proved incredibly faithful...of course, Mama did too, as she sat on the nest for countless hours during the blazing hot summer days. (We did help shade and ventilate the box). I hadn't seen my bluebirds since mid-August when they hatched. We live in north central Ohio. Now it's nearly November and just this past Sunday I pulled the drapes to see six bluebirds, a mix of male and female and most likely young and older, )certainly including our "babies", lined up on the deck railing. Some were inspecting the two nest boxes. Do bluebirds use nest boxes as shelter over the winter, or are they nesting in trees? We own 17 acres, 7 of which are nearby woods, with our house sitting in the field. What types of food should I provide? I do have homemade peanut butter suet. Any information would be appreciated. I know it's still early and that my birds might still migrate south. Thanks for reading!