The bluebird of happiness

As long as there are bluebirds, there will be miracles and a way to find happiness.
– Shirl Brunnel, I Hear Bluebirds, 1984

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.

Click photos to enlarge.

Brood Summary

  • 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

About lindell dillon

Lindell Dillon is retired and lives in Norman, OK. He grew up in Duncan, attended Cameron College and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. His interests include photography, nature, birding, and investing. Oklahoma Master Naturalist, alumnus Norman Police Department Citizens Academy.
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One Response to The bluebird of happiness

  1. Jo Ann Abell says:

    Same busy schedule here in Va with our bluebird brood. We have a nice nest box on our porch, but no way to open it. 😦 Once the nesting season is over, we’ll make alterations so we can open the top and have a peek inside. So much fun to watch them grow.

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