New York State Bluebird Society
The New York State Bluebird Society has been dedicated to Bringing Back Bluebirds since 1982. Read more about our history and mission here.“
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The Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis, length 7″, chestnut throat, sides of neck, breast, sides and flank; contrasting white belly, white undertail coverts. Male is uniformly deep blue above; female grayer. Call note is a musical, rising chur-lee, extended in song to chur chur-lee chur-lee. Range: Found in open woodlands, farmlands, and orchards. Nests in holes in trees and posts, also in competition with starling and House Sparrow for nesting sites. The provision of specially designed boxes by concerned conservationists has resulted in a promising comeback. National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Fifth Edition
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(Photo by Larry Zeleny)
Photo of the Month for October, 2016
Bluebird on Snowy Branch – Photo by Jerry Acton
I have chosen this beautiful image as it seems evident that it won’t be long now until we see the snow fly and bluebirds perched on leafless branches with no insects. Their diet changes to berries in the winter months and many migrate only as far south to find a source of food. It can be a very difficult time for survival with bluebirds in the cold, winter months but most manage to do well as they group in flocks and often find ample food from fruit bearing trees and shrubs to survive the winter months. Often times you will see them roost together in cavities to help keep warm as they huddle together. Quite a different behavior from what we see during nesting season. None the less this beautiful sight we see with the crystal white snow on bare branches and the royal blue color of a bluebird in the middle of winter is simply spectacular!!!
Linda Schamberger, Photo of the Month Judge
The New York State Bluebird Society is an affiliate of NABS
(North American Bluebird Society).