Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mountain Bluebirds

I've had a bout of Spring Fever or something - whatever it is, I've been easily distracted by any bright, shiny object, as it were.  

Friday morning I went out on a birding drive.  The melt was on and bits of bare ground and stubble were showing in the fields - well, in some places, others, not so much.

Mountain Bluebirds (Sialia currucoides) have been flocking through my area.   

Pleasant little birds with very long wings.  They tend to hover a bit before dropping down to the ground to pick up seeds or insects - more seeds than anything at this early stage of Spring. 

There were about 60-65 birds in this flock.  Expect they are long-gone North by now.

Definitely a favourite Spring bird, and usually the first migrating species to show up here.  Bless'em!


  1. The arrival of Mountain Bluebirds in Fort Providence NT was a highlight of the Spring for me. There was always snow on the ground and the blue against the white was stunning.

  2. Hi Clare, I agree; that bluebird blue against the white snow is incredibly beautiful especially after a long, drab/dark Winter. Seeing Mtn Bluebirds is such a joy. What migratory birds breed in up there in Arctic Bay? - I'll be watching for your blog updates.

  3. As far as passerines go we have Snow Bunting, Lapland Longspur, Horned Lark, Northern Wheatear, and American Pipit (migratory there is also our resident songbird, the Raven).

    We have a lot of other migrant breeders as well, loons, gulls, shorebirds, Peregrine, etc.