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The Inside Story: Bonding with Wild Bluebirds

The 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 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 not just the unique experience but also useful information for others who are equally enthralled by this remarkable species.

Bluebird Photo Gallery

From Eggs to Fledglings

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Images

Top, from left to right:
three hatchlings emerging from their eggs; two-day-old nestlings; 11-day-old nestling.

Left: Nestling about to fledge.

Right: Fledglings at two months of age.

 

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Adulthood

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Images

Left: Adult female with meal worms.

Right: Adult male who learned to land on fingertips in response to a whistle.

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Images are from the book, Reaching Over the Rainbow, published by EarthDances Pottery & Books, Roxbury CT, USA