Bluebirds at Avalon

Thursday, March 10, 2016,

20160308111413-5x7wThis is a pair of prospective home buyers I saw at Avalon. This is a big deal to some people, most of them birders. Despite being New York State’s official bird, Eastern Bluebirds can be hard to come by here on Long Island. Habitat loss and competition for nesting space are two of the main culprits. Avalon has been trying to entice Bluebirds to nest here for over a decade. Bluebirds have been sighted over the years and in 2013 a pair started a nest but it didn’t take. Sigh. Let’s hope that these two decide to make a home here.

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My First Bluebird

Sunday, February 26, 2012,

This is the Eastern Bluebird. It’s the New York State Bird and I think it’s the first one I’ve ever seen. It’s certainly the first one I’ve ever photographed. Maybe I need to get out more. Now, as have claimed from time to time, I am not a birder. At best, I’m a lousy birder. Honest. Don’t get me wrong, I love being out there and taking the pics but a good deal of the time I don’t know what I’m looking at. That was indeed the case here.

I was enjoying a long overdue visit to Avalon this past week when I saw this bird. Avalon’s open fields are amongst my favorite places to shoot as all that daylight can make for for great shots. That being said, this bird was not in an open field. Rather, it was in treed section outside the northernmost field. In that light its colors looked more gray than blue but there was something about that chest that made me think. I sent the pics to some of my friends at Four Harbors Audubon Society and both Sue and Luci told me that this was a bluebird. Woo hoo! Victory laps around the kitchen and a couple of frightened cats but they’ll get over it. I had my first bluebird!

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