A blue bird, but not a bluebird

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I’ve been keeping an eye out for the bluebirds at the nesting boxes, so when another walker told me he had sighted a bluebird there, I was excited. However, when I checked out his information, I discovered that the “blue bird” was actually a tree swallow. It’s true, they are blue and, yes, they frequently inhabit the same nesting boxes that the bluebirds use, but this wasn’t the bluebird I was hoping to see.

Then, another photographer told me he had photographed bluebirds at the picnic area near the pedestrian bridge, but there were none to be seen when I reached the picnic area. However, I did get a good picture of a hawk standing like a sentinel in a tree overlooking the picnic tables.

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So, at that point, my score was zero-for-two in my quest for bluebird photos, but, as I see it, I still came out ahead. The beautiful blue swallow and watchful hawk were only two of a good crop of pictures I collected on my memory card that morning. Here are a few others:


It was an amazing day for bird photography, and, as soon as the weather clears up, I’ll head for the trails to continue my quest for those bluebirds. (I know they’re there because I saw my friend’s pictures on Facebook).Why don’t you join me on the trail to continue the quest?

See you soon!
Trail Walker

8 Replies to “A blue bird, but not a bluebird”

  1. Looks like you had a great walk – your capture of the tree swallow is beautiful. Good luck with your continuing quest to capture the beautiful little bluebird!


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