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Mountain Bluebird

Sialia currucoides

 

Mountain Bluebirds are common in the West’s wide-open spaces, particularly at middle and higher elevations. They breed in native habitats such as prairie, sagebrush steppe, and even alpine tundra; anywhere with open country with at least a few trees that can provide nest cavities. They also readily take to human-altered habitats, often nesting in bluebird boxes and foraging in pastures.

 

 

Garland Prairie

Northern Arizona

August 2014

 

Mountain Bluebird

Sialia currucoides

 

Mountain Bluebirds are common in the West’s wide-open spaces, particularly at middle and higher elevations. They breed in native habitats such as prairie, sagebrush steppe, and even alpine tundra; anywhere with open country with at least a few trees that can provide nest cavities. They also readily take to human-altered habitats, often nesting in bluebird boxes and foraging in pastures.

 

 

Garland Prairie

Northern Arizona

August 2014

 

comments (22)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Mar 2015, 00:17
It is a beautiful thing, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They are lovely - I love seeing flocks of them flitting about - it's like electricity in the air!
it's a very pretty bird Elizabeth... i like your focus and depth of fields....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They are so lovely, Peter! Thank you!
What a pretty bird Elizabeth! Great capture.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't he?! Thanks Richard!
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston
  • 2 Mar 2015, 05:59
That blue looks painted on - what a colour for a bird, Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They really are amazing - this was taken in late summer - you can only imagine what his breeding plumage looks like!
What does Mile 0 mean ELizabeth?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's the beginning of a road - you don't see it often!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 2 Mar 2015, 06:48
The blue of the plumage is almost irridescent
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It is - you should see these guys during breeding season - like little blue fireflies!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Mar 2015, 06:55
What a beautiful, exotic looking bird!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They're so pretty! Especially in flocks!
Bluebirds are such tweetie-pies, Elizabeth. The bluebird of happiness!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They are!!!! YES! And I took this with my sweetie-pie in the drivers' seat!! smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 2 Mar 2015, 07:00
What a beautiful poser this is. You captured this one very well!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes he is! Thank you Astrid - I just love these guys!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Mar 2015, 07:52
Some species will adapt as the habitat around them changes, I believe. The bluebird is quite a beauty. Do you think its ghetting ready to to a speed test to the next mile post? I have an aquaintance in the US where part of his house address is "Mile 53.9"!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: And this guys' plumage is actually a bit drab - well after breeding season!
I'm sure he's ready to go... smile Isn't that funny! As you can imagine - many "addresses" out on the rez go something like... " green house with blue trim 1/4 mile from fork in the road with twin juniper trees which are 2 miles past cattle guard 20 miles north of the highway.
A fine looking bird E. Wonderful shades of blue
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They are very pretty, and you're not even seeing him in his breeding plumage!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 Mar 2015, 08:52
A great shot - you seem to have enough detail to could have been cropped closer, as suggested by the thumbnail. Beautiful bird.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Louis! Perhaps... I may try that... I liked the sign he was sitting on - you don't see that very often! smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Mar 2015, 09:02
Common to you - exotic to me. How splendid he looks.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile They're even more gorgeous in their breeding plumage!
They are so pretty. I have had toe opportunity to see them a few times.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They are really lovely! They're hard to catch, but this guy sat there just long enough!
such stunning blue feathers
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They're really amazing in flocks!
I remember this, I got a great shot of a blue blur as it flew off! smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm glad you do... I remember every moment spent with you! XOX
A nice find Elizabeth.. quite strange seeing this as your image
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Ronky! I actually fashion myself more of a nature photographer... I've just tried to branch out the last few years! smile
He has beautful colouring doesn't he. Lovely shot Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh they are gorgeous little things! Thank you Janet!
One of my favourite things about SC is learning stuff, and here is a beautiful little bird for me to read all about, isn't it delightful.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Me too Brian! I do love these little bluebirds. We have two varieties in Northern Arizona - this is the Mountain Bluebird, we also have the Western Bluebird - a little stockier with a red bib!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Mar 2015, 20:15
What a pretty looking bird
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I just love them Anne!
Very nice, but not on your shoulder, but it could still be a wonderful day, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: No- I've never been able to get one to do that! smile It has been a wonderful day, thank you!
  • Robbyne
  • United States
  • 3 Mar 2015, 05:42
They are a beautiful bird indeed
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I do love them!

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