In my Titmice Mouths to Feed post on September 23rd, I shared images of some of the begging that went on this year with my local titmouse family. Here's the rest of those photos. (Click on any image to enlarge)
I put out mealworms on my Advanced Pole System® setup using the Sidedish feeder. Mine has the Rain Guard too that keeps the rain out of the dish, but is especially helpful in the winter to keep the snow out.
Most Wild Birds Unlimited stores sell live mealworms year-round. And birds will eat 'em up any time of year. Titmice, as well as chickadees, jays, nuthatches, and wrens will appreciate the protein boost.
I wouldn't recommend roasted mealworms - the birds prefer juicy live ones! Have you ever tried feeding live mealworms to birds? If so, what birds eat them in your yard?
The young titmice have learned to get food on their own, and my feeders are busy with all members of this little family. No more wing-flutters and begging, but lots of busy feeding as the temperatures begin to drop.