Eastern Bluebird

The bird that most hope to see and those who are lucky never forget, the Eastern Bluebird can be seen perched on power lines or nest boxes along grassy edges of open woodlands. Seeing the bright blue and warm orange of the male is a real treat!

More information

See the Eastern Bluebird's profile on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website.

Photo Credits

Cover photo: By Flying822 at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Collage Photo (above): By Richard Crossley (Richard Crossley) CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Poem

Slippery Tin
—A Malay Pantoum—

I built a bluebird house from scrap cedar;
the house was hung in my backyard.
My father called last year and told me
he’d lost his job; he’s got no retirement.

The house was hung in my backyard.
I forgot to wrap the post with slippery tin.
He’d lost his job; he’s got no retirement.
Years before, he’d driven us both to school.

I forgot to wrap the post with slippery tin.
The bluebirds wove a nest and laid eggs.
Years before, he’d driven us both to school;
He was a teacher and coach; I was his pupil.

The bluebirds wove a nest and laid eggs.
Soon, the eggs were loud, hungry mouths.
He was a teacher and coach; I was his pupil.
Now I’m a professor with my own students.

Soon, the eggs were loud, hungry mouths.
and the raccoon shimmied up the post.
Now I’m a professor with my own students,
and I can’t tell my father I’m not ashamed.

And the raccoon shimmied up the post,
destroying the nest and the fledglings.
And I can’t tell my father I’m not ashamed,
I can’t tell him I regard him with pride.

"We get a lot of bluebirds around here."
"They're real jerks."
"Naw, you're thinking of blueJAYS."
"Riiiight, blueJAYS are the jerks."
"A real buncha jerks."

orange-breasted Eastern Bluebird
no, rust-breasted
no, tan
well, the blue is blue
azure
no, cornflower
on a hot June day
hot for early June
at least 'round here
in the humid fuming city
where you perch
on that leaning post at the edge
of mind’s wide shimmering field

Bluebirds are blue,
just like the sky
and they aren't shy.
They like to soar in the sky.
Don't blink because
you might miss 'em.
Bluebirds are the best
because one day you're gonna have to
take a test to see who's
the best bird out there.
Bluebirds eat seeds and worms
to feed their babies.
Make sure you have some
around your house!
Bluebirds are beautiful!
Any bird can show you who you are.
And that's the word.
Bird is the word.
Mic drop.

Bluebirds are
beautiful teach a
bluebird how
to teach a little
math and a
little science

Bluebirds are pretty and smart.
Booooooooo birds booooooooo
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Can you hear me!!!
Bluebirds eat worms.
Worms taste like worms.
"Would you ever eat a worm, Sina?"
"Yes."
Bluebirds eat watermelon.
They eat seeds.
Bluebirds are smart.
Bluebirds are cool.
Bluebirds eat blueberries!! :)
I only eat three blueberries.
Bluebirds like to eat.
Bluebirds like to play.

FUN FACTS
Bluebirds are still here because we make boxes for them, which they call home. How nice of us! What about humans who do not have boxes because they are too poor? Let’s make them boxes to call home. Perhaps out of giant gourds, hung from giant limbs. Bluebirds can spot a worm from 50 away, though it’s estimated 70% of bluebirds die before their first birthday. Why, with their homes and good eyes, so much death for the bird of happiness? A male bluebird can sing as many as 1,000 songs in one hour. With 8760 hours in a year, that’s 8,760,000 songs sung in the short life of the beloved bluebird.