The bluebird has long been associated with happiness. The mythology goes back thousands of years around the world and has roots in the lore of American Indian tribes. According to the Cochiti tribe, the firstborn son of Sun was named Bluebird. The Navajo believe the Mountain Bluebird to be a great spirit in animal form and associate it with the rising sun. The Bluebird Song is sung to remind tribal members to wake at dawn and rise to greet the sun.
Modern literature, songs and films have all contributed to the bluebird’s association with happiness. The 1934 song Bluebird of Happiness became a world-wide hit and had much to do with people connecting the birds to happiness. Everyone is familiar with the line “Mr. Bluebird on my shoulder”, from Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah. I truly believe if everyone had bluebirds in their back yard, it would be a happier world. I could go on and on with references to bluebirds and happiness, but let’s get back to my happy little bluebird family.
When bluebirds have babies, they are busy, busy, busy! Bugs in, poop out– from dawn to dusk. The babies are noticeably larger every time I open the box to check on them. And Daddy’s bringing much larger bugs now. I’ve seen him feeding a lot of spiders the past few days. Nothing like a nice juicy arachnid for breakfast, huh? This morning Daddy brought in a centipede! Apparently the poisons in these bugs don’t bother bluebirds.
When I attempted to take photos this morning, the babies buried their heads and remained totally motionless. I cheeped to no avail, even patted them on the head. Once their eyes are open and they can see, I’m regarded as a predator when I open the box and this behavior is their only defense. Still you can see how the two of them fill the nest now and how they are feathering out.
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- Nest completed by previous female
- First egg laid 28 May
- Second egg 29 May
- Third egg 31 May
- First chick hatches 13 June
- Second chick hatches 14 June
- Unhatched egg removed 18 June