A Few of My (Mother’s) Favorite Birds (30): Bluebirds—Busy Beauties!

By GloNegret Morgue File Free PhotoBoth my own mom and Mommu (spiritual mom) adored bluebirds, and so do I! 110 Bluebird They’re gorgeously arrayed in bright blue jackets, rust-colored vests, white trousers, and shiny black shoes. IMG_1970Eastern bluebirds are common throughout America east of the Rocky MountainsBluebird+30 1.10.14but typically breed in the North and winter in the South.Bluebird in tree 1.10.14 These beautiful little thrushes sing sweet, melodious cadenzas from treetops, Bluebird in tree 2.13.14 and often (like this one) return from the South just in time for Valentine’s Day, Bluebirdsbringing with them the promise of another spring and renewed hope for life. Bluebirds waiting their turn at feeder 2They are very social little creatures and migrate in flocks of up to 30 or more, Bluebirds+30 . 02.1.13although they pair off for breeding season and will defend their territory. Female Bluebird at FeederThe females have a more greyish tint to their heads and backs; Bluebird fluffed to keep warm. 2both male & female chicks have somewhat mottled breasts and shorter feathers, Bluebird fluffed to keep warmbut no matter how you cut it, you’ve got to admitFledgling Bluebird they’re pretty much adorable at any age, don’t cha think? IMG_8508 Bluebirds prefer insects and other invertebrates, but in early spring they’re  IMG_8516 happy to come to our feeder until the ground thaws & such tiny wildlife emerges. IMG_8517Other favorite foods include seeds, berries, and fruits, such as Close up of bluebird eating from feeder wild grapes,  black raspberries, sumac, honeysuckle, Virginia creeper, etc., Snowy Day  Bluebird and our woods is pretty much overflowing with a tangle of what they love. Blluebird fluttering by feeder The only thing that’s not perfect about our woodland accommodations is that Bluebird 1.10.14bluebirds prefer open  fields, so they build their nests and rear their young IMG_8519 down by our field rather than where we get to see them every day Bluebird on snowy day and only come back to feed with their young if the weather is unseasonably cold Fledglin Female(which sometimes happens, and can severely reduce the bluebird population). Bluebird on top of feeder 2.13.14So, although we get to enjoy their antics at the feeder in early spring, Bluebird at feederit’s always a rare and transient treat… Bluebird on top of feeder 2 like a friend we love dearly and who visits regularly…IMG_1984 but can never seem to stay very long! Bluebird 2.13.14I’d love to be as pretty and melodic as a bluebird, but I sometimes wonder if I’m a bit too much like a bluebird when it comes to friendships! Bluebirds waiting their turn at feederIt’s so easy (and natural) to come and go as we please, appreciating friendships at our convenience but then being off again in a flurry of frenetic activity! IMG_1986Even worse, do I treat the Lord like that? Am I happy to enjoy his bounty when life’s too hard to survive on my own…but then quick to flit off and try doing it
“by self” whenever I think it’s possible?IMG_8509

“Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
(Luke 10:38-42)

3 responses to “A Few of My (Mother’s) Favorite Birds (30): Bluebirds—Busy Beauties!

  1. So beautiful!! God’s colors! How kind of our God to create all this beauty for us! And for Himself!

  2. Charylene Powers

    Kathi, This is a wonderful reminder to treasure our earthly friendships and most of all to treasure our relationship with Christ. Great Post. Charylene

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