Blue Birds, Eastern
A popular Song Bird in Eastern back yards.
|Once upon a warm Springtime, not so long ago, a pair of Eastern Bluebirds was seen sitting close in the Moonlight, and . . .|
|. . . before long, they were busily building a nest, where 5 pretty blue Eggs magically appeared, as though they had evolved over zillions of years by a lucky chain of impossible events, and . . .|
|. . . within days, heat from the Mother's body, where belly Feathers were made to open like double doors by muscles designed for opening them, allowed contact with just exactly the right skin temperature to allow the Eggs to hatch into . . .|
|. . . helpless baby Blue Birds covered with insulating fuzz, and teeny Wings that resemble arms which would grow Feathers shaped and arranged just exactly right to propel them through the air, and Ears that hear the parent's chirp announcing the arrival of food, and Muscles that were made to open the hungry Mouths to get precisely the right nourishment contained in a lowly Insect, so that . . .|
. . like their parents, who were
made to know how
to catch Insects and deliver them to the Babies
so they would grow big and strong . . .
|. . . and develop Feathers which will protect their bodies from the weather, and a tiny "wart" (Uropygial gland) in front of their Tail which produces a special waterproofing Oil that every Song Bird applies to every Feather to make them shed rain like an umbrella. And soon their . . .|
|. . . Eyes are open, having Eyelids and Eye Lashes Created to protect their Eyes and wipe off dust like windshield wipers, and the Miracle of sight which will allow them to find food and Mates, and build Nests, and . . .|
. . do the nest cleaning chores,
just like their parents do,
so their own Babies can . .
|. . .mature and enter the strange new world filled with many other Birds and Animals and dangers and . . .|
|Name||Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)|
|Description||5-1/2 inches. These attractive Song birds have a delightful melodic song.|
|Food||Mostly nourishing Insects during the nesting season, with wild Fruit and Berries during the Autumn and Winter months. Many Bird Watchers raise and provide Meal Worms; a favorite of Insect-eating Song Birds (and Sunfish).|
|Nest||Dried grasses with an occasional leaf or Feather. A fragile, loosely assembled nest which would not survive in an unprotected site where other Song Birds know how to build a much more durable structure.|
|Eggs||Usually 4 to 6. Light blue, but occasionally white.|