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Bluebird of Happiness

March 1st, 2009 · No Comments · Birds, Lake Cotoxen

Bluebird on our deckOur second story living room has been my childhood wish for a tree house come true. It is a joy to bird watch from this vantage point. It’s even better than sitting in the trees with the birds, not only because it is warm in winter and dry in the rain, but also, since my perching skills are not what they used to be, I prefer sitting in my armchair. 

The array of birds to be found in our yard is high because several different habitats intersect here… farm fields… some planted, some fallow; never developed woodlands with old tree growth, natural thickets and underbrush; moving creek water full of fish, plus shallow pools with sandy or grassy edges; mature fruit orchards; and historical eighteenth century residential area with lots of older trees and gardens. 

An unused dairy farm field around the corner has been allowed to return to natural meadow. The edges have been planted with wildflowers and for the past few years bluebird boxes have been mounted along the perimeter so I’ve been surprised to have never seen any bluebirds in all our years at this location. My lifetime list of birds seen in our backyard numbers sixty-six. It does not include bluebirds.

So you can imagine my excitement when, for the first time, a flock of bluebirds graced our yard during the last cold and windy week of January. They all sat on a couple of branches in the sun very close to each other, all in one direction… facing into the wind. Occasionally one or two would drop down into the wild rose thickets, apparently finding something good to eat there. They stayed most of the day for five days.

An especially bold pair explored the deck outside our window… he seemingly contented to be sitting in the sun… she exploring a few twigs that the wind had blown there, maybe contemplating her soon to come task of nest building. 

I was so happy to watch them, take pictures and enter them as number sixty-seven on my list… Eastern Bluebird… true blue birds of happiness.

Kathy’s words

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