~Today’s Feathered Friend – Eastern Bluebird~

 The Eastern Bluebird is a Thrush

Eloquent songsters of open marshes and woodlands, the thrushes include many familiar species. With narrow notched bills they feed on insects and fruit.

Eastern Blue Bird
Eastern Blue Bird (male)
Male in breeding plumage
Throat, sides of neck and breast are a chestnut color. Belly white. Males are deep blue above, females grayer.
Eastern Blue Bird in breeding plumage.
Nest in holes in trees and posts, and in nesting boxes.

Bluebird Conservation:

Eastern Bluebird populations increased by almost 2 percent per year between 1966 and 2010, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Partners in Flight estimates the global breeding population at 22 million, with 86 percent spending part of the year in the U.S., 22 percent in Mexico, and 1 percent breeding in Canada.

They rate a 7 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score and they are not on the 2012 Watch List. Eastern Bluebird populations fell in the early twentieth century as aggressive introduced species such as European Starlings and House Sparrows made available nest holes increasingly difficult for bluebirds to hold on to.

In the 1960s and 1970s establishment of bluebird trails and other nest box campaigns alleviated much of this competition, especially after people began using nest boxes designed to keep out the larger European Starling. Eastern Bluebird numbers have been recovering since.

For more information on this beautiful thrush, please visit this web-site – http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Bluebird/id

 ~Sharing with Charlotte at Prairie Birder for Feathers on Friday 

https://prairiebirder.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/feathers-on-friday-139/

~Sharing with Michelle at Rambling Woods for Nature Notes

http://ramblingwoods.com/2015/03/02/nature-notes-302how-do-bumblebees-hibernate/

~Sharing with Eileen at Viewing nature with Eileen

http://viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.com/2015/03/saturdays-critters-64.html

 

 

15 thoughts on “~Today’s Feathered Friend – Eastern Bluebird~”

  1. Bluebirds are always so nice to see! I am happy to have them where I live now. I have been lucky to see both Eastern, Western, and Mountain bluebirds. these are wonderful photos of this sweet species!

  2. What a beauty! My feeders have been graced today with Red Belly Woodpecker, male and female cardinals, several squirrels, and a few other flitter’ers to fast for me to identify. Thanks for posting your photos! K

  3. Lovely images of the Bluebird and a great post.. They are one of my favorite birds…it was my spark bird.. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post.. Have a happy weekend!

  4. I’ve only seen them a couple of times. Great shots, and good tip regarding nest boxes!
    ~

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