article and photos by Kathryn Mann
It is said that the bluebird can bring us both happiness and miracles. The fact that bluebirds can fly beyond the rainbow is what inspires Dorothy dream of the land of Oz.
Eastern Bluebird at Lake Hudson in Washington County, Oklahoma
Over the last 25 years the Eastern Bluebird has become more and more rare as European Starlings and House Sparrows have taken over their traditional nesting grounds. Today one usually has to go out to a rural area to find a bluebird as they are restricted to building their nests in orchards or on the edges of woodlands.
Eastern Bluebird on the top of Circle Mountain overlooking Bartlesville
The Eastern Bluebird is about 7 inches long. Males are bright blue on their tail and wings. They have a white belly, and a rust colored breast and throat. Females share the same features, but with more dull coloring.
Male Eastern Bluebird in northeast Oklahoma
Eastern Bluebirds are monogamous. The male sings with its wing half open and its tail spread when it courts a female. It also often brings gifts of food as part of this ritual.
Eastern Bluebird near entrance to Pathfinder trail in Bartlesville
There is a small orchard near my house where I regularly find a solitary male Eastern Bluebird perched on a fence post or in a nearby tree.
Eastern Bluebird at secluded spot overlooking Lake Copan