Curious Eastern Bluebird

Bonnie T.  Barry

Sunset, United States

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The Eastern bluebirds stay with me year round. Although nest building will not begin until late February, they are still active near the nesting boxes, checking them out, running intruders away, and just generally hanging out with the visiting migratory flocks. I captured this little male looking curiously around his surroundings on a balmy day in December, just before a big storm pushed through and brought us heavy rain and winds.

The male Eastern bluebird has a cobalt blue back, a russet and buff colored breast, and large black eyes always filled with curiosity and interest. He is staunchly protective of the nest, dive bombing squirrels and invasive birds that get too close, even if those birds are bigger than he is. Though the male does not build the nest, he does help feed the babies as they grow in the nest and after they exit as active fledglings. Bluebirds often return to the same nest year after year provided they meet with success in that area. It’s a delight to have them in my yard year round.

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