A Day on Merganser Lake
I have been seeing an eastern bluebird pair at my feeders daily since February. I’m in a fairly wooded area and there are no open fields (bluebird’s preferred nesting area) in the neighborhood. I assumed it was a young pair that wasn’t breeding this year as it was well into the nesting season and they were still visiting daily.
To my pleasant surprise, yesterday the pair showed up with a youngster. It is a noisy and demanding little bluebird. The parents are dutiful in feeding it. I still don’t know exactly where they nested but I’m happy to still see them every day, especially with a youngster in tow. I’ve also seen them in the woods behind my house catching natural prey so, thankfully, they are not relying solely on my mealworm handouts. It’s also nice to see that it is indeed a bluebird youngster and not a cowbird as I’ve seen plenty of those around this spring.
Here are a few more shots of the family.
This got my deep ‘ohhh…awwwwhhh…ohhh” going! sweet! I’ve seen a regular indigo bunting- first mistaken for an eastern bluebird until one day in my book, I noticed that the eastern bluebird has a slightly peachy colored belly! This does not..deep indigo blues and purple markings and very small! Gives me such joy to see! Do you have a recommended book for New England bird identifying? Thanks for these posts!
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Thanks Ezzell. Can’t go wrong with a Sibley, “The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition.”