Montana Outdoors

April 4, 2008

Guess who’s back!

Filed under: Birds, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 4:44 pm

Sure is nice to see these little guys back again for the summer! This is a pair of Western Bluebirds who seem to be settling into one of the houses I set up last summer. It is all cleaned up and ready for them.

I saw the little lady enter the house several times while the male was content to just sit up on top and show off his bright colors.

Western Bluebird, female

Western Bluebird, male

Western Bluebird, male


  1. What beautiful birds. I really like the bright blue color on the male. I, too, have bird houses set up and ready…but no visitors yet.


    Comment by AK_Adventurer — April 4, 2008 @ 4:54 pm

  2. They’re both beautiful, but I’m in love with the lady of the house’s soft colors. Gorgeous.


    Comment by wordvixen — April 4, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

  3. AK Adventurer,

    There are probably some headed up your way. The first groups have come and gone, hopefully up your way and now these look like they may stay for the summer. I’ve seen several Mountain Bluebirds too.


    Comment by montucky — April 4, 2008 @ 5:40 pm

  4. Wordvixen,

    Yes her colors are subdued but attractive. When sitting, she blends in with the light grays and browns, and that’s part of her strategy, being hardly noticeable. But when she opens up those wings to fly, there is a sudden flash of bright blue that tells you who she really is.


    Comment by montucky — April 4, 2008 @ 5:44 pm

  5. Gorgeous shots Terry! Really beautiful. I’m dying to know? Did they move in? It’s interesting in my case it was the opposite the fellow kept checking out inside and checked out all the houses and then they flew away never to be seen again. I keep thinking I got them too close to my house? Do you know if they need to be a certain distance from your home activity?


    Comment by aullori — April 4, 2008 @ 5:51 pm

  6. It is too soon to tell if they moved in or not. I’ll keep checking every few days. Last year there were Mountain Bluebirds in that house.

    I don’t know how close to your house their house can be. A friend has a bluebird box about 50 feet from his window and he can watch them with binoculars. Here’s a site that seems to have pretty good information about them:


    Comment by montucky — April 4, 2008 @ 6:37 pm

  7. Oh, these are wonderful pictures. How far is their house away from human activity?


    Comment by Bo — April 4, 2008 @ 6:55 pm

  8. It’s about a mile from the nearest house, but only about 30 feet from a dirt road that does get a little traffic. It’s on a fence line that goes around an alfalfa field that’s about a mile long and borders on a mountain.


    Comment by montucky — April 4, 2008 @ 7:21 pm

  9. they are so cute. they look much more congenial than the blue jays we have around here!


    Comment by silken — April 4, 2008 @ 9:50 pm

  10. These guys are small and quiet, not raucous like the jays. THey are even prettier when flying because when the wings spread they are solid blue.


    Comment by montucky — April 4, 2008 @ 10:36 pm

  11. Beautiful.


    Comment by Patia — April 4, 2008 @ 11:26 pm

  12. Thank you Terry for the site!!! You and your bluebirds are my heroes! 😉


    Comment by aullori — April 4, 2008 @ 11:51 pm

  13. Patia,

    More little flashes of color that make spring exciting.


    Comment by montucky — April 5, 2008 @ 7:43 am

  14. Lori,

    That seems to be a pretty good site, and I’m happy to see that there is as much interest in these birds as there is!


    Comment by montucky — April 5, 2008 @ 7:45 am

  15. I’m speechless.

    That sure doesn’t happen very often.


    Comment by Pinhole — April 5, 2008 @ 9:13 am

  16. Oh gosh! Bluebirds. We used to have so many (Eastern) Bluebirds but then so many of the apple orchards that these birds love have been cut down and houses built in their place that we no longer have many Bluebirds. In my entire life, I’ve seen one pair at a friends place in the mountains of New Hampshire!

    Well, at least my American Goldfinches have changed into their summer clothes!


    Comment by Janet Wilkins — April 5, 2008 @ 9:15 am

  17. Gosh, Pinhole, that must be just a temporary situation, probably brought on by all those meetings this week.


    Comment by montucky — April 5, 2008 @ 10:03 am

  18. Janet,

    Fortunately we still have lots of hay fields still around and they love all the insects that live there. This area has really supported bluebirds in the past. There are hundreds of birdhouses spread along the back roads, fields and clear areas off the highways, but I’m afraid that many of the older folks who used to tend them are ow gone and the newer generations are not interested. I repaired about a dozen houses last year and several more this year.

    Haven’t seen any Golfinches yet this year. They will come in a little later. We had one pair raise a family in a fir tree near the house last year and quite a few more in the brushy areas we save for the birds.


    Comment by montucky — April 5, 2008 @ 10:12 am

  19. I think he believe he is a peacock, Montucky.


    Comment by errolllevant — April 5, 2008 @ 9:23 pm

  20. You know, that might be it, although they don’t seem to have a lot of attitude. The behavior is certainly different between the male and female though.


    Comment by montucky — April 5, 2008 @ 9:36 pm

  21. I’ve been seeing a blue bird or two around the neighborhood for several weeks, but the hummingbirds have just now returned.



    Comment by knightofswords — April 6, 2008 @ 12:32 pm

  22. We won’t have enough flowers blooming to support hummers for about another month, but we have had a few bats move back in this week. After a fairly early start on spring this year, it turned cold again and set back the progress of most of the early plants.


    Comment by montucky — April 6, 2008 @ 1:01 pm

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