Taming Bluebirds, Touching Their Magic

This web site is dedicated to Eastern Bluebirds whose presence – and at times, the fight for their survival – transformed the lives of their human neighbors in the meadows of Northwestern Connecticut.

Reaching Over the Rainbow is about discovering a deep bond with wild birds. It's about love and loss, birth, death, battle, redemption, and an extraordinary relationship between birds and humans. The following poem, inspired by the teachings of Eckhart Tolle and The Power of Now, describes the experience of bonding with these exquisite creatures:


There are magical moments when time stands still,
And all that exists is now;
Moments when a space appears,
And we enter it, not knowing how.
It’s in this realm we touch the Source,
And heal our weary soul,
And then rejoin the dance of time,
Renewed, reborn, made whole.

.....J. Taylor 2010©


This printed book brings bird watching to a whole new level, in which long-distance observation turns into gentle, tactile interaction with wild birds. Appropriate for nature lovers of all ages, it combines factual information about Eastern Bluebirds with a deeply moving story of living among them. Through more than 80 four-color photographs and narrative, the reader can experience an amazing adventure with several families of these birds, and one bird in particular, whose level of trust exceeded all expectations.[Read more]



The Story

Male_bluebirdThe story behind this website (and the book, Reaching Over the Rainbow) evolved over a period of several years, during which a pair of backyard birders brought wild bluebirds right into their hands, from hundreds of feet away. In the process, they shared the life of several families of these birds, an experience that ranged from the joys of child-rearing to the brutal battles with competing bird species. The bluebirds developed a level of trust in their human companions rarely seen among wild bluebirds. Photos were taken to chronicle the story, and ultimately a book was written to share nnestlingsot just the unique experience but also useful information for others who are equally enthralled by this remarkable species.

For more of the story and images, clickhere