This morning was very exciting, out bluebirds arrived. I’ve been monitoring their arrival date for several years, and they have always arrived between March 17-21 without fail. Today is only March 7th, so why are they here so early? I’m not complaining, just very surprised.
Western Bluebirds leave British Columbia around the end of October and migrate south, spending their winters in southwestern United States and Mexico. They live in open woodlands of pinyon-juniper, stands of mesquites or oak, coastal chaparral and desert. When not breeding they are very social forming flocks of up to 100 birds.
Upon returning to British Columbia in the early spring, they look for open parklands and woodlands, edges of forests and have a penchant for ponderosa pine. This is where we come in as our farm is covered with ponderosa pine. The male and female pair search together for a proper nesting cavity or box, inspecting things carefully over a period of several days before making their choice.Since the 1950s there has been a bluebird population decline mostly due to the loss of habitat from logging, logging practices and urban sprawl.
The fact that our garden is home to several pairs each season is quite an honor. We do supply several blue bird boxes throughout the garden but they habitually pick out the same favorite bird house. Most years they manage to have two families with an average of 5 eggs each time.
Canada is not exactly know for its colorful birds like those in the tropics, however blue birds are beautiful. The males are a deep blue with rust and white accents, the females are less colorful with gray-brown feathers tinged with blue.