Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Bluebird Paradise

After a few weeks weeks of milder weather, winter is back with a vengeance, this time with frigid temperatures. Not so much snow, just COLD!! 
 I hate the cold but it always brings the birds back in droves. I get a lot of bird traffic at my feeders, but nothing thrills me more than the amazingly beautiful bluebirds.

 I was wondering what happened to all the bluebirds I had last winter.
 After fledging last summer, they completely disappeared.  When we got about a foot of snow a few weeks ago, I finally noticed three of them out at the feeders. They must have spread the word there's free food available because there is a whole flock of them now. I am so happy to have them back.

Isn't she adorable? Fluffing up their feathers creates air pockets that help them maintain their body temperature.

At times bluebirds can have the most solemn expressions and.....

other times they look angry.

I put some mealworms out hoping the bluebirds would get to them before the other birds found them, but the nuthatch snatched them up real quick.

Suet is in very high demand on cold winter days. In this type of weather I go through two blocks per day, plus what I spread in holes in trees or on a hollow log.
 Recipe here. They go crazy for it!

Checking out the apples.

Sorry.....This post was intended to be photos of all the birds at my feeders but I got a little carried away taking pictures of the bluebirds I didn't know when to stop. So I'll do a separate post of the other birds.


  1. the first shot cant really enjoy the beauty until you get close!

  2. You get the most amazing birdlife where you live.Beautiful photographs.

  3. I love your bluebirds - they are my favorite bird. Here in Florida where I'm staying for the month of January, I have never seen bluebirds before until day before yesterday. I glanced out of the window and there were two on the roof of the house next door. So beautiful......

  4. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the bluebirds too! And I think that is the same suet recipe I use too and all the birds love it!

  5. Awesome pictures, Pearl. I do miss my birds while I'm away from home. Troy is supposed to feed them, but when he runs out of birdfeed and suet he quits. I'm hoping he'll take mercy on them this year.

  6. Beautiful pictures! You even captured their expressions!:)We have a lot of blue birds too and I never tire of watching them...

  7. Lovely photos. Bluebirds are such pretty little things and have such lovely little faces. You do get a lot there and always catch such wonderful shots.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  8. Oh what beautiful pictures Pearl! I love Bluebirds too but they never stick around here in the winter. I always watch for them to return here in the spring. You take such wonderful pictures. Snowy today up there Pearl? Take care.

  9. I LOVE all your pictures of bluebirds; they were my sister's favorite. I had never seen one until after her death and it seems God gives me the gift from time to time of a bluebird flying past me during a walk. After you posted on my blog, I read your brother's trail journal and enjoyed it. I wanted to tell you a neighbor's yard man gave me your brother's book. He asked one day why I was walking around with a backpack and I told him about my upcoming hike. Afterwards he happened to see the book at a pharmacy while waiting to pick up a prescription for the man he worked for and bought the book for me. He said God told him to buy it for me. I underlined many passages in that book and later told him I knew God had intended for me to read it and thanked him again for listening to God and for the gift of the book. Just today I put two and two together (so to speak) and realized I had read your brother's book after you posted on my blog. By the way, you have a beautiful blog.

    1. Thank You Prayer Walker, I'll be hiking along with you via your journal. Good Luck and God Bless!

  10. Wow, your photography is outstanding! Love the details you're capturing... I'm your newest follower and rss subscriber...

  11. I love bluebirds,too, and your photos of them are some of the most beautiful I've ever seen!