"The Original Centerfold Model"

Eastern Bluebird

        Movie magazines and television entertainment thrive on the lives of stars and pictures of their luxuriant lifestyle. Most of these stars wish they had the kind of coverage given the bird we’re featuring today . . . the Bluebird. Who doesn’t love the Bluebird? The spectacularly-colored, bright-blue and rusty-orange little bird. The one that has its picture on Christmas Cards, magazines, wallpaper, in homes, offices, and is photographed by a world full of photographers. The Bluebird could be called eastern bluebird‘the original centerfold model.’ It is one of America’s favorite birds.

        People have modified their yards, planted trees and bushes, put up specifically designed bird houses, all in the hope of attracting the Bluebird into viewing distance. This bird is perfectly comfortable around humans, their yards, homes, and in front of cameras. The Eastern Bluebird is featured today. If you choose to travel in the east, this will be the one to look for. If you stay in the west, here are things you should know.

        There is a difference between the look-alike Western and Eastern Bluebirds . . . the space they occupy (Western in the West, and Eastern in the east), and the placement of color. The Western has a blue throat, rusty orange chest, and blue belly. The Eastern have a rusty orange throat, chest, and white belly. Both Bluebirds are found in small groups in open areas and commonly seen perched on wires or fences that are low to the ground. The male Eastern Bluebird displays at his nest cavity to attract the female. He brings nest material to the hole, goes in and out, and waves his wings while perched above it, but that is pretty much his contribution to nest building . . . only the female builds the nest and incubates the eggs.

        The artist this week is Paula Banos. Thank you for sharing this beautiful picture with us. Paula is part of the On-line Artists featured on the Red Cliffs Audubon web page. To see more of Paula’s pictures, go to "Color Me Feathered."   If you have questions about birds or activities of the Red Cliffs Audubon, call Marilyn Davis at 435 673-0996.


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