Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

November 17, 2012

A Tale of Two Bluebirds

I mentioned in my last post that we had a lovely weekend in store weather-wise last weekend.  Indeed it turned out quite sunny and warm for a November New England Veteran’s Day weekend.  I did take the dogs for the long walk that I promised them.  Before I went out, I stood pondering with my camera: leave the small, lightweight 50mm lens attached or switch to the 55-250mm zoom?  I was feeling like keeping the walk as light as possible so I stuck with the 50mm.

And I regretted it when I got out to the meadow part of my walk!  The eastern bluebird is a fairly common bird, but it is one that I have never managed to spy or photograph.  Lo and behold, what do I see perfectly perched in front of me about 25 yards in the distance but a lovely, male eastern bluebird.  I, of course, tried to take pictures, but this was not the job my 50mm lens was made for.  Sadly, this very tightly cropped shot was the best I could do:

Can you see him there, perched on top of the pine tree?  Slightly blurry and difficult to see, I know.

Today, it turned out, was also sunny and fairly warm.  So the dogs and I headed out for another walk.  I switched to the 55-250mm lens and wondered what the chances were that I’d again see a bluebird in the meadow.  It was around the same time of day as our last walk and same sort of weather conditions so I thought maybe I’d get lucky.

And I did!  I saw eastern bluebirds again, but this time they were farther away than 25 yards.  My zoom lens couldn’t bring them in as closely as I would have liked, but I think the couple shots I took are a bit sharper.  This is the best one that I managed today:

Eastern bluebird

I think this could possibly be a female bluebird; she was shadowed so I’m not 100% positive, but this bird does have a blue tail and those dusky colored spots near the wings:

femaile bluebird?

These bluebirds could almost count as entries in Scott’s newest assignment, I think!  I do have another post, however, coming soon with my take on color composition.

May my bluebirds bring you a little happiness today! 🙂


  1. So glad they were there the second day! I thought I saw a bluebird last weekend too…normally they’d be long gone from here for the winter so I’m not sure I really saw it out of the corner of my eye…but I’ll keep watch! Nice shots. Aren’t they beautiful!!

    Comment by Dawn — November 17, 2012 @ 5:37 pm | Reply

    • Thanks very much Dawn. Hope you can spot some too.

      Comment by Karma — November 18, 2012 @ 11:58 am | Reply

  2. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bluebird. Glad you were rewarded with a second chance …

    Comment by sybil — November 17, 2012 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

    • It’s funny I’ve always known they must be around here, but I’ve only just seen them now. Thanks Sybil.

      Comment by Karma — November 18, 2012 @ 11:59 am | Reply

  3. Oh nice! I never see bluebirds even though I know they’re around. It looks like they enjoy perching on the tippy-tops of things just like red-winged blackbirds. Maybe next year will be my Bluebird Year.

    Comment by Gerry — November 17, 2012 @ 8:23 pm | Reply

    • I was happily surprised to finally see them. They do seem to like tippy-tops – meadow areas seem to be a preference too. Thanks Gerry and good luck spotting them.

      Comment by Karma — November 18, 2012 @ 12:00 pm | Reply

  4. They are beauties, those birds! I see them foraging on my back hill on some of the coldest days of winter.

    Comment by Becky Sue — November 18, 2012 @ 9:16 am | Reply

    • Thanks Becky. I didn’t realize they hung around here in the winter time. I’ve never seen them near a feeder. I wonder if there is something specific you could put in a feeder to attract them.

      Comment by Karma — November 18, 2012 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

  5. Bluebirds guarantee happiness I think. How great that you took the longer lens on the more recent walk. Heading to town the other day, I got a glimpse of a Meadowlark on a post, something I’ve not seen here before. I love their song.

    Comment by Carol — November 18, 2012 @ 2:13 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Carol – well they brought me happiness when I got to see them! I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a meadowlark either.

      Comment by Karma — November 19, 2012 @ 4:05 pm | Reply

  6. […] is one more different take on color composition. On my looking-for-bluebirds walk, I happened to look up and spot these bright red berries spattered among the grayish brown branches […]

    Pingback by Composing for Color « Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog — November 19, 2012 @ 6:00 am | Reply

  7. You must have sent your bluebird winging up north, because I’ve been pretty happy this past week or so. Whenever a bluebird is spotted it feels like a gift. How fortunate you were to get these bluebird-photos.

    Comment by Kathy — November 23, 2012 @ 2:35 pm | Reply

    • I’m very glad you’ve felt some bluebird happiness! Thanks Kathy, and welcome back from your blogging break.

      Comment by Karma — November 24, 2012 @ 9:51 am | Reply

  8. They certainly made me smile. I love bluebirds. I’m so glad you finally spotted a few and managed to capture them too! 🙂

    Comment by Robin — November 29, 2012 @ 2:36 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Robin. I imagine I will be out to capture even closer shots of bluebirds. I feel like I’ve seen them closer-up on your blog – is that correct? Do you know if there is a particular type of seed that they are attracted to?

      Comment by Karma — December 2, 2012 @ 9:01 am | Reply

      • Just saw this, Karma. I’m not sure what kind of seeds (if any) bluebirds prefer. I think they’re carnivores and eat insects during the warm months so I had a look around and found this recipe:


        Scroll down a bit to find the Bluebird Banquet recipe.

        Comment by Robin — December 7, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

      • Oh thank you for looking for that, Robin! I had no idea bluebirds would have such specific dietary needs. Although I’d be more than happy to prepare a feast for bluebirds, I am positive that the squirrels would devour it before a bluebird ever got near it!

        Comment by Karma — December 8, 2012 @ 8:56 am

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