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Eastern Bluebirds measure 6 1/2 inches in length. The male has bright blue upperparts, reddish breast, and white belly. The female has a buff throat and breast, grayish-blue head and back with light blue wings and tail.
Bluebirds can be found in rural gardens, orchards, and suburban gardens near open farmland. Their arrival in early spring is a sure sign that winter is on the way out.
In the photo of the pair of bluebirds on post, female is to the top, and male is to the lower left. I got to witness the bluebird parents calling their little one from the nest. It was quite obvious that they knew it was ready to be fledged. They did feed it a few times, but would no longer go into the box to do so. They called the young bird out and then fed it. Later that day, the young bird flew from the box, and left the area with its parents. I wish I had been there to capture that moment as well.
Spotted on May 11, 2012
Submitted on May 16, 2012
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