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May 18, 2012

Bluebirds at Cold Creek

Photo by BarrytheBirder
While almost every birdbox at Cold Creek Conservation Area is occupied by Tree Swallows this year, Box 12, near the picnic pavillion is home to Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis).   Pictured above and below is the female, coming and going while tending her young.      While the blue of the female's feathers is quite subdued, there is no mistaking the bright blue of the male.   He is the only small, bright blue bird in most of Eastern North America.
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