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Sunday, 30 December 2012

Bluebird

The bluebird is the international symbol of happiness.

Vera Lynn famously sang of "bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover in her 1940 hit "The White Cliffs of Dover." This is a factual inaccuracy as bluebirds are an American bird and can't be found in the vicinity of Dover.

The bluebird is the quintessential helpful garden bird. Gardeners go to extreme lengths to attract and keep them in the garden for their beneficial properties. Bluebirds are voracious insect consumers, quickly ridding a garden of insect pests

If a birdbath is available, the Eastern Bluebird will find it. If the water is moving, so much the better. Their bath time antics can be heard from quite a distance.


Bluebirds love mealworms and can be drawn in with a small dish filled with them.

A bluebird can spot caterpillars and insects in tall grass at a distance of over 50 yards.


The Eastern Bluebird is an extremely social creature. They will gather in large flocks of a 100 or more.

Males carry nest material to the nest, but they do not participate in the actual building.

Adult bluebirds tend to return to the same breeding territory year after year, but only about 4 percent of young birds return to where they hatched.

Bluebirds can’t see the color blue.

Source Wausau Daily Herald

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