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Bluebirds are in the yard!

Eastern Bluebird
Female Eastern Bluebird from my 2008 photos!

I heard my first Eastern Bluebird singing around the nest boxes in the backyard today. It is amazing how a simple little song can get someone so excited! I suddenly went into dream-land thinking about what I should be expecting throughout the summer in my boxes . . . .

Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird at the nest box from my 2008 photos!

. . . . the dream starts with the birds singing and nest building throughout the spring months . . . . .

Eastern Bluebird Eggs
Eggs in the nest from my 2008 photos!

. . . . one day I find myself looking into the nest box and locating a handful of brilliantly blue eggs . . . .

Friday the 13th!
Nestlings in the nest from 2007 photos!

. . . . few weeks later those eggs turn into featherless baby birdies . . . .

returning to the nest!
Nestlings bigger from 2007 photos!

. . . . the feathers quickly fill in the body and soon the nestlings are old enough to be banded . . . .

Banded baby Bluebird before being returned to the nest!

This whole process quickly went through my head before waking up and hearing that male Bluebird sing a few more times!   This singing Eastern Bluebird put a huge ass smile on my face!

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16 responses

  1. Such sweet photos!! Awwww!!

    I can’t wait to follow them through your blog. You are so lucky!

    18 March 2009 at 8:30 pm

  2. Moe

    Ahh, the feeling that Spring is finally coming is a great one. I have not seen any bluebirds, yet, but I will be on the look-out, now.

    18 March 2009 at 9:18 pm

  3. What wonderful photographs. You are so right about the birds and their songs. I dragged myself out to walk the dogs this morning…before coffee. Suddenly an Eastern Towhee sang his little heart out and gave my own heart a big lift.

    18 March 2009 at 9:44 pm

  4. I think we are all dreaming about our bluebird babies! I’m so glad yours are in the yard – they really do make ya happy, don’t they?

    18 March 2009 at 10:30 pm

  5. High Five, Mon@rch!! Huge Ass smiles in Minnesota this morning when I heard and spotted the first bluebird in my backyard too!! 😀

    18 March 2009 at 11:34 pm

  6. Well, that does it. This weekend I’m going to go out looking for bluebirds. I know just the spot, too. With no leaves to hide them I should see some if they are there.

    18 March 2009 at 11:51 pm

  7. I love these photos.

    One of my faves is hearing the Red-Winged Blackbirds when they first arrive. Beautiful song 🙂

    19 March 2009 at 3:01 am

  8. kaholly

    Such hope.

    19 March 2009 at 5:52 am

  9. My pair have already been busy, busy, busy, and yesterday I found the first beautiful nest for the season, already constructed and ready for the eggs. Huge ass smile indeed! :c)

    19 March 2009 at 6:31 am

  10. Lisa at Greenbow

    I would swoon if bluebirds would choose to nest in my garden. I am always hopeful. You lucky dog…

    19 March 2009 at 6:37 am

  11. I know what you mean! Hearing bird songs for the first time of the year is soooo exciting!

    19 March 2009 at 3:23 pm

  12. It would put one on mine also! How cute! I am so jealous!

    19 March 2009 at 6:40 pm

  13. I can see why they put a smile on your face! Had to laugh at that little baby’s face in the last photo – he looked a little disturbed – lol!

    19 March 2009 at 9:45 pm

  14. Terrific. I’ve seen bluebirds off and on all winter but they seem to be back in force over the past week. It’s Spring!

    20 March 2009 at 8:33 pm

  15. I just cannot believe your hooking up with bluebirds.. They don’t even visit us until May (okay… okay maybe I say this because my bluebird boxes sit open awaiting a good cleaning…) Okay we’ll get busy this weekend. I love these shots! What a lovely way of cataloguing the steps of these very lovely birds!

    21 March 2009 at 12:28 am

  16. We only get the western bluebird a few months out of the year and they are the most skittish birds in the yard. They can see me from yards away and fly off.

    23 March 2009 at 11:32 pm

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