Sunday, January 3, 2016

Winter Bluebirds

I definitely have winter bluebirds but I can't recall ever seeing them in the snow. Isn't this a great photograph?!


JudyMac said...

I definitely haven't had snow yet, but I have three bluebirds that are in fierce competition with the woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches, etc., daily, to dine at my suet feeder. :-)

donna baker said...

We have them here too; they eat the blue berries from the red cedar trees. It is sad though, the ranchers have deemed them a scourge and are trying to eradicate them from our state. Terrible.

Mama Pea said...

When I take my holiday decorations down (which I'm in the process of doing today), I decorate using blues and whites with a couple splashes of color. To have this picture to hang with my "winter" decorations would be perfect! It is a great shot. Thanks for sharing.

Content in a Cottage said...

donna baker -- I've never heard of bluebirds being considered a nuisance. Those ranchers are evil. Don't they know that bluebirds prefer insects over juniper berries when the weather is nice? How do they propose getting rid of them? You should get the Audubon Society involved. Long live the bluebirds!!!
Happy New Year!
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

JudyMac -- I never get over the thrill of a bluebird sighting. How nice that you get to see them every day!
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

Mama Pea -- I love blue and white too. Yes, this photo would be perfect with your after-Christmas decor. Happy New Year! xo, Rosemary

Kristyna Anderson said...

Bluebirds are a protected species of native bird in the USA and so eradicating them is illegal. Now if it is European Starlings or English Sparrows we are allow to "dispatch" them. E. Sparrows are the reason for the decline of Bluebirds as they compete for nesting spots and the Sparrows will peck open their heads and build nests on top of their dead bodies! I have a Bluebird trail and so I hope no one is killing the Bluebirds as they are in severe decline!

We don't have them here in winter although my penpal in Massachusetts has them year around. They are here April through mid September.

This is an awesome photo!!!

17-17 said...

Hello Rosemary,
thank you for all pictures (I often was here at 2015 :-)
these sweet birds look awesome!

Happy New Year!


Deb said...

Would welcome them anytime.

Content in a Cottage said...

Kristyna Anderson -- I'm not familiar with the European Sparrow but found a very informative link:
Anything we can do to protect the bluebirds is a good thing. This article says they like nesting boxes made from PVC pipe. Thanks for your post.
I once read that the reason we have grackles and starlings in this country is because somebody, somewhere thought it would be a good idea for us to have all of Shakespeare's birds. Not sure whether or not this is true but now that we have them, there are too many.
Happy New Year! xo, Rosemary

The Queen Vee said...

I've see a bluebird occasionally in my backyard, it always takes my breath away. There are so many beautiful birds in the area that I live that I won't see when I head West. :-( Yes, this is a beautiful photo.