A Bird First (for me)

Eastern BluebirdToday while walking across campus I noticed a couple of birds flitting about in the trees.  Upon closer examination of the birds, I realized they were blue.  Now I only know of three birds that are mostly-blue: blue jays, indigo buntings, and bluebirds.  Jays are easy enough to figure out, and I’ve never known anyone who’s seen a bunting before.  So my gut reaction was bluebird.

And lo and behold, after looking them up at Cornell University’s All About Birds site, I’m right.  A new bird for me: the Eastern Bluebird.  I’m happy.

Photo courtesy of Splinter Group at Flickr under a Creative Commons license.  Thanks Splinter Group!

5 thoughts to “A Bird First (for me)”

  1. Ooh, what a nice find! I’m very fond of blue-colored birds myself (especially blue jays, even though they are mean.) Another good one is the tufted titmouse (slightly more of a blue-grey.) I saw them all the time growing up around here… they always showed up at the sunflower seed feeder with the chickadees.

    BTW, hi, I’m Amanda, another Boston-area librarian, and I like your blog!

  2. That’s an Eastern bluebird alright! They’re so cute. A couple of years ago, I took a picture of one on my birthday. Aha! Here it is, I found it.

    Bird watching is fun. Bird photographing is really hard, but incredibly rewarding. 🙂

  3. LG! Congrats on your first blue! Something I love so much about seeing blue in nature. I’ve seen many indigo buntings in Allegany (southwestern New York State) so you’ll just have to pay us a visit. (They’re actually a deep black reflecting blue in sun). Also, I absolutely adore the shy but harmonious black-throated blue warbler! 🙂

    As we say, good birding! Looking forward to more updates!

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