Sunday, May 18, 2008

Eastern Bluebird

The Eastern Bluebird, (Sialia sialis) is a medium sized Thrush of the same family as Robins. Nearly wiped out by pesticides and competition with Starlings and House Sparrows for nesting sites, they've been brought back by aggressive conservation efforts to the point they are plentiful. The male is striking in his red, white and blue attire. His western cousin, the Mountain Bluebird, has a light blue breast. Ours raised three batches of little ones last summer, keeping the parents busy until September.

1 comment:

the redhead said...

Some wonderful shots...again!! Makes me want to put up a bluebird house.

Put up the hummingbird feeder after seeing one hovering about the porch a couple of weeks ago. Of course, he has not been back since. Little jerk.