Happily, this female Eastern Bluebird decided my front yard Magnolia Tree was a great place to perch and rest the other day. We have been having very rainy weather recently after having experienced a long period of drought.
The Eastern Bluebird is a great insect hunter! I am glad to have these beautiful small songbirds around. They like just about any insect or worm they can find. By the way, this lovely bird really blended-in with the green and rust coloration of the Magnolia. Nature’s camouflage. The male Eastern Bluebird has a much brighter tone to its color. I did not see the male on this occasion. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Eastern Bluebirds are such cheery little songbirds! I especially enjoy seeing the brilliant blue apricot and buff-colored birds. A neighbor has bird houses up and another couple of neighbors have nice bird feeders out. The Eastern Bluebirds are insect-eating birds. They enjoy treats of suet or meal worms. Of course here in Florida there are a lot of insects ready to be hunted. These are fantastic insect eaters!
The juvenile Eastern Bluebirds are surprisingly speckled instead of just being the main three colors. Their little backs are blue and the blue gets brighter as they age. They are little sweeties, for sure! The males are much more vividly colored than the females as adults.
I took these pictures yesterday morning in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Bluebird, House Finches
Songbirds such as Eastern Bluebirds, and House Finches enjoy the refreshing cool waters of the bird bath. One of my neighbors has a bird bath next to the really nice bird feeding station that they have set up. I know the little birds are enjoying the cool water and refreshments quite a lot. It was 93 degrees F. here yesterday.
A small group of young Morning Doves like the tasty bird seeds that fall from the tray feeder (I also have spotted one of the doves up on the tray feeder itself). I enjoyed watching the birds’ splash party! It is such a nice thing for homeowners to include food and water for the songbirds in their front or backyard landscape! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.
Finches at the feeder
Eastern Bluebird Female
Bluebird and House Finch
Male Eastern Bluebird
We went to what we thought was a Burrowing Owl Preserve here in our area a few days ago. We heard from a resident who lives next to the preserve, that due to the presence of Coyotes, the owls had left that large field preserve area a few years ago. I did spot a trio of songbirds and surprisingly, a small Black Racer Snake, which is non-poisonous.
The Eastern Bluebirds cheerfully sat on the wooden fence surrounding the large field that had been the home of the owls (supposedly now it is home to Gopher Tortoises which we did not see). After the Eastern Bluebirds left, a Northern Mockingbird took their place on the fence. I also spotted an Eastern Blue Jay in the trees next to the fence but there were too many leaves in the way of my shot to get a good picture. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Female Eastern Bluebird
The “Surprise”! A Black Racer Snake
A Northern Mockingbird
Eastern Bluebirds have arrived in my neighborhood. I am so happy! A backyard neighbor has a couple of bird houses that may or may not be occupied. I spotted a hen Eastern Bluebird checking out one of those houses on Saturday, October 17, 2015. Nice cozy spot to spend the Winter! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph. Enjoy!
Male Eastern Bluebird
Female Eastern Bluebird
Bluebirds love to splash in bird baths! The weather here was much warmer than usual on the day I took these pictures, so the birds were taking full advantage of my neighbor’s bird bath. Nothing soothes a hot bird better than cool fresh water. I am happy to see Eastern Bluebirds here again. But, there are dangerous hawks about so the little birds need to remain vigilant.
Eastern Bluebirds are gorgeous blue buff and apricot birds. They are small but do a lot of good catching insects. The bluebirds enjoy flying insects, worms, and nearly every other kind of smaller insect found in most yards. A few neighbors here have established nesting houses so I am pretty confident that the bluebirds will be around for a long time. The large number of crows are doing their best to chase off hawks when those come by(twice this week alone!). I took these pictures on Dec. 26, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!