Monday, June 01, 2009

Bluebirds! The Season Begins


Someone installed bluebird nest boxes on many of the country roads near PFHQ. I don't know who, but I suspect some Scout may have done this as a project.
Whoever did it, I'd like to thank them.

Nest box #4 was being seeing some action yesterday as I rode by with a load of groceries. Just as I passed, a bluebird zipped out of the nestbox.
I pulled over quick and parked using the JEEP as my photo blind.
Then I waited for the bluebird to return ...

At first I sat quietly like a good boy, but nothing was happening and I did have some perishables. So, I did the ol' reliable "pssssssssst, pssssssssst" call and sure enough, in came a beautiful blue bird.


All I got were these 3 shots before it took off again and though I waited a little longer, I really did have to get those groceries into some place cooler.
So, reluctantly, I drove on.
Not empty-handed though.
... By the way, today is the first day of Hurricane Season.



12 comments:

Dani said...

Bluebirds!! Lucky you! I'm just a tad bit envious. :)

Pablo said...

They really are the most beautiful blue, aren't they?

Sayre said...

I saw my frist real live bluebird a couple of weeks a go. A flash of the most amazing blue and I knew what it was even without seeing it still. And I've lived here my whole life!

Kittikity said...

You get some of the most awesome pictures..

SwampAngel65 said...

Wish we had them down here. They are so pretty!

Rurality said...

Ours have already raised one brood and are just starting another!

What are they predicting about this year's hurricane season down there? Here they are hedging. Probably because they've been wrong 3 years in a row now.

robin andrea said...

How wonderful that someone put up those nestboxes. Excellent. Bluebirds are so beautiful, encouraging them to make more bluebirds is the promise of beauty in the future.

lisa said...

I love blue birds and blue jays also, they are such a beautiful blue color!! Nice pictures!!

kathy a. said...

oh, wow.

SophieMae said...

Gorgeous! Once in a blue moon, I've been known to use a screech owl call. Naturality is beter, naturally. But sometimes, ya gotta do what ya gotta do. 8-]

TROLL Y2K said...

Did you apply for your Gator permit?

Floridacracker said...

Dani,
Outta range down there?

Pablo,
They really are ... startling!

Sayre,
I've seen more lately than I ever did growing up in FL.

Kitty,
Thanks! 80% of it is just having your camera with you always.

Swampangel,
I didn't realize they stopped somewhere between us.

Rurality,
I never pay attention to their forecasts, it's still soooo much hoodooo guesswork for long term predicting and they are always wrong.
I love it when they revise their estimates (Dr Grey) halfway through the season.
LOL!

Robin,
Isn't it a simple, yet rewarding thing? And it goes on giving.

Lisa,
Not your average blue is it?

Kathy A,
I second that motion.
Motion carried.

Sophie,
Thanks for the tip. I haven't really taken advantage of some of the varmint calls out there.

Troll,
As long as they are not in the act of eating me or my dog, I only shoot them with the camera.