Male Mountain Bluebird by Vickie Emms

March 29, 2012

Top 7 in a challenge in JPG-Cast Offs – March 30, 2011

Featured in Songbirds of North America – October 1, 2010

Featured in The Birds – August 21, 2010

Featured in CLose-ups In Nature – August 16, 2010

Featured in JPG Cast-offs – August 15, 2010

Featured in The World As We See It…or as we missed it – August 15, 2010

My wish was to be able to see this beautiful bird when I went out west this summer. My wish came true. Seeing this gorgeous flash of blue fly in the sky was a sight to behold. In Waterton National Park, there is a series of Bluebird houses along the road to the Bison paddock and as luck would have it, this male was feeding his young, over and over again at one of the houses. It was a very active sight to see, since many of the houses were occupied. This shot is untouched for color right out of my folder. I did crop a little for a closer view.
Male Mountain Bluebird

  • travels in flocks during winter, often with Western Bluebirds and Sparrows
  • is a highly aggressive bird
  • will sometimes obtain its food by hovering in the air a metre or more above the ground in a hawk-like manner
  • population was in decline and perhaps doomed to extinction before bird lovers across North America began in the 1920s to build nest boxes
    Three species of bluebird are found in North America: the Mountain Bluebird Sialia currucoides, the Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis, and the Western Bluebird Sialia mexicana.

Bluebirds belong to the thrush family, whose members are found throughout much of the world. Another of North America’s well-loved birds, the American Robin, is also a thrush.

The Mountain Bluebird is a little larger than a House Sparrow but smaller than an American Robin. The back, wings, and tail of the male are a bright azure-blue, and the throat and breast are a lighter blue, which fades to white on the abdomen.

On the female, the flight feathers and tail are pale blue and the head and back are a mixed wash of blue and grey. The throat is brownish-ash, blending to white on the lower breast. Immature birds resemble females, except for the mottled breast characteristic of all juvenile members of the thrush family.
For an excellent read on this lovely bird, please visit this site

Photographed in Waterton National Park, Alberta, Canada
Canon EOS Rebel XTi: Sigma 150-500mm lens @500mm

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  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaover 4 years ago

    Now you’ve seen him too hon. Isn’t he incredible? Fabulous shot sweetie with superb details.

  • thanks hon, they were fabulous to watch. We spent a long time watching them feed the young.

    – Vickie Emms

  • jesika
    jesikaover 4 years ago

    He’s gorgeous, I’m so pleased you achieved your dream

  • I did and them some Jes, once I found them we went back a few times. And he showed off too :-))
    Many thanks

    – Vickie Emms

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    What a stunning capture Vickie. Don.

  • thank you very much Don

    – Vickie Emms

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparover 4 years ago

    Great shot…!!!

  • thank you vaggypar

    – Vickie Emms

  • Susan Blevins
    Susan Blevinsover 4 years ago

    Great capture!!!…I live in Arkansas and have the Eastern Blurbirds and I love them. they raise 2 or 3 families every spring and summer in my yard….very crisp and clear shot with great color…..Susan

  • thank you Susan, I should mention above that the photo is untouched,,,,,I was enthralled with their color

    – Vickie Emms

  • valleymiss
    valleymissover 4 years ago

    This is great! I have never seen a Western Bluebird. We have an Eastern bluebird pair that nest in our box.They start their rituals in early February,but don’t build until March or April. They raise 2 or 3 families a year.

  • that must be a wonderful sight to see. I have never seen a bluebird in Manitoba

    – Vickie Emms

  • Bobjarrett
    Bobjarrettover 4 years ago

    Beautiful bird and fantastic shot Vickie!

  • thanks very much Bob

    – Vickie Emms

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 4 years ago

    What a Incredible Capture and such a gorgeous photo…..Laura

  • thank you very much Laura

    – Vickie Emms

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 4 years ago


  • thank you Luda

    – Vickie Emms

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago

    He’s beautiful . . . what a wonderful capture with the bug in his beak!!!

  • thank you Lori, and what was amazing as we watched, he picked up the same kind of bug,,,,,,,,lol……..picky eaters!

    – Vickie Emms

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