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Hi,I live in Connecticut and have been seeing a flock of bluebirds on my deck all winter. I throw out hulled sunflower seeds on my deck because birdfeeders attract bears. There have been as many as 8 bluebirds at a time, usually in male/female pairs.
Is this odd? And do they all live together somewhere? I live in a heavily wooded area. It's been a rather mild winter, but it's supposed to get into single digits with snow this week.

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This is not all that unusual recently with Bluebirds and others staying in colder areas during the winter. It may be due to global warming, more bird feeding, etc., but we really don't know. Also they stay in small flocks until the nesting season in the spring when they pair up and become very territorial. At night in cold weather they snuggle together in tree cavities or nest boxes or get into evergreen trees to get out of the wind.

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