Saturday, January 03, 2009

Our First Bluebirds


Do you believe in omens? Is this a sign of happiness for 2009? I don't know about the whole year but it certainly made our day happy. I have never seen real Eastern Bluebirds, which is what our field guide said these four were. Yes, FOUR arrived to check out our rental birdhouse.


We both scrambled for our cameras and fiddled with settings and turning off the flash and just managed to shoot these images before they all flew away. It was just thrilling to download them and find out what we caught.

20 comments:

  1. They are gorgeous and I am so jealous! I have never seen one of these in person either.

    Now, do as I advised earlier. Invest in a tripod and set a camera up near the window!!!! Saves you from running around so much.

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  2. Anonymous9:16 AM

    Quick! Find out if your land has enough space for three more bluebird territories and put up some more bluebird houses! They will take over!

    One block from my house all the homeowners on the street had BB boxes and it's not uncommon to see groups of them as you drive by. Always a delight to see this color on the fly!

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  3. You are sooooooo lucky! I have never been able to attract bluebirds. I only just yesterday got my first Jay at this house.

    Beautiful bird!!!!

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  4. You are sooooooo lucky! I have never been able to attract bluebirds. I only just yesterday got my first Jay at this house.

    Beautiful bird!!!!

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  5. Liz in IN9:46 AM

    Oh, thank you for the lovely pictures! We LOVE bluebirds and have them nesting here in warmer weather, but they generally de-camp for more bug-rich climes in the winter. Bluebirds are such 'happy' little birds, and their call is absolutely charming, too. Hope they stay around for you.

    Definitely a good omen!

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  6. Anonymous9:51 AM

    I think I saw them here for the first time last summer. I must keep my camera handy this year. Aren't they beautiful? Isn't nature and it's colourings wonderful?

    Does it mean your winter is over? Lucky you!

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  7. My mom says that having bluebirds visit is a sign that God is looking on you with favor. And when we moved into our new house one day last year I had to call her when a number of them were hanging out in my dogwood trees. I do hope they come back, they are soooo pretty!

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  8. So glad the lovely bluebirds are interested in your bird box. We always have problems with house sparrows competing with the bluebirds. But last year we had three successful broods. Sometimes when I walk to my mailbox I will see eight or nine at a time in the cherry tree or on the power line.

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  9. For sure! I was verklempt when I saw those bluebirds. How lovely.

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  10. They look really wonderful! I have never seen such birds and I don`t know the German word, either.
    regards from Germany
    Waltraud

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  11. We have so many on our South Ga property- we can not even have a chance at Purple Martins....they run them off....
    but I do love seeing them so often....they always bring a moment of joy....
    Glad you caught them on camera...

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  12. Anonymous2:43 PM

    Ooh, pretty.

    The colors in the last pic, the one of the bluebird on the pole, remind me a lot of the center of your most recent quilt--the yellow with bits of bright dark blue in the center.

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  13. Oh they are sooo pretty. I don't get to see Eastern Bluebirds except in pictures, so thanks for sharing!

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  14. Here's hoping the birds remember this house is theirs for the taking when nesting time comes. There are five houses posted on the trees around us and it's a delight watching the bluebirds all year long. Most of the time it's just a flash of blue which makes me smile.

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  15. Oh, Melody. Thanks for sharing these guys. I have never seen them in Florida, but we used to see them when we lived up there closer to you. I miss them so much!

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  16. Oh how wonderful! They are just gorgeous. Lucky you!!

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  17. They are so pretty! Such a vivid blue color. I love birds!

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  18. Dear Waltraud, Rotkehl-Hüttensänger is the name, I looked it up. For our non-German readers: It means Redthroat-Hutsinger. They are enchanting, we don't have these in Europe.

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  19. I'm so happy for you!

    Here in Michigan, we're consistantly blessed with three pairs every summer. They are enchanting and eat lots of bugs...double bonus!

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  20. I work with a group of folks we call the Bluebird Project. If your property is attractive to Bluebirds, consider putting the houses on metal poles versus trees. Snakes can easily enter the houses on trees and will eat both the eggs and baby birds. Bluebirds are beautiful and wonderful to see and their numbers are dwindling. Consider a meal worm feeder to attract more.

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