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Eastern Bluebird - a very uncommon sighting
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Posted By: jpzk, 06-30-2010, 04:13 PM

I was lucky enough to be tipped by a friend of a friend ... of a friend about the sudden appearance of Eastern Bluebirds in our rather far-North-East region. As far as I know, that specific bird species has seldom, if ever, been spotted here. As a matter of fact, they were once considered almost extinct from some parts of eastern Canada. Granted, some of you may be lucky enough to have them in larger numbers, but, for us, this is a major event:

(( ISO = 1250, not 1000))

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06-30-2010, 04:19 PM   #2
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Links to ppg? no bird. Too much work.
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Links to ppg? no bird. Too much work.
Done!!
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The first pic has come out rather "faint" on this forum ... gain. However, the other two are OK.
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It's good to know that there are other featherheads out there like me who get excited by sightings like this. The image with the bird holding the worm is special.
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I like the selective focus on the second image.
Well done.
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It's good to know that there are other featherheads out there like me who get excited by sightings like this. The image with the bird holding the worm is special.
I admit being a nature fanatic, especially when it comes to rare or uncommon species of the fauna.
When I showed these birds to a member of the family here, he said: "Nice Blue Jay!"
Thanks for the comment too!

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06-30-2010, 05:27 PM   #8
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I like the selective focus on the second image.
Well done.
Thank you.
Comment much appreciated.

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Lovely! Love the wormy shot!
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Lovely! Love the wormy shot!
Thanks !!
I really like this "presentation" of the caterpillar too.

Cheers.

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I'm a bird lover too.

Nice shot with the caterpillar, really nice!
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I'm a bird lover too.

Nice shot with the caterpillar, really nice!
Thanks Mag.
This caterpillar sure brings a lot of attention! I have printed a couple of copies for a non-profit organization and was told, a few times, that it was "gooey-looking"!! Go figure!
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Congratulations, JP--the caterpillar shot is wonderful!

It's great to get a good shot of an uncommon bird, isn't it? I'm only a casual birder but in my experience, a bluebird sighting is a pretty is a pretty special occasion even here in the mid-Atlantic US. In fact, I had never seen one until two years ago, have only gotten one halfway decent photo of one and haven't seen one this year.
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Congratulations, JP--the caterpillar shot is wonderful!

It's great to get a good shot of an uncommon bird, isn't it? I'm only a casual birder but in my experience, a bluebird sighting is a pretty is a pretty special occasion even here in the mid-Atlantic US. In fact, I had never seen one until two years ago, have only gotten one halfway decent photo of one and haven't seen one this year.
Thanks for the comment!

They used to be almost "goners" a few years back and with a lot of effrots from folks all around Eastern Canada, mainly from Southwestern Ontario and eastward, the blue birds started to make a come back.
Now here, very far Northeast in Quebec, this was very unusual, to say the least.

I am now on the lookout for the little ones to come out of the nest ... don't worry, I have a great hiding spot and will not bother/scare them ... hiding behind a large cedar bush along with pesty mosquitoes.

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Nice catch JP, and I'm happy you're "protecting" that nest. I saw these (in Ohio) for the first time this year. They may be around more than I know, maybe I've just never noticed. There seems to be a lot of variation from one bird to the next. I was also lucky enough to see the Mountain Bluebird in Yellowstone in June.
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