Eastern Bluebirds have returned to the back yard area next door to my home. The family has a Bluebird house up which was used by a couple of the Eastern Bluebirds this past Spring. I think that these birds were the same that were raised here but had been away due to the presence of the former resident Sharp-shinned Hawk. That hawk was chased away by a huge flock of Crows about two weeks ago.
The Eastern Bluebird male is the brighter of the two. The males also seem to be a bit rounder in shape. The female is a more light steel-blue in color. Both are keen insect hunters. Having these beautiful birds around is really nice! I took these pictures on October 9, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!