January 30, 2011

Some sort of blue birds

This (terrible) photo was taken through a sliver of open curtain. The blue that you see on the right is the curtain. It was the only way I could get the shot since they're so skittish. They dart away the moment they see me. These little blue guys have begun to visit my Vast and Pleasing Feeding Ground in recent weeks. They came as soon as I tossed wild birdseed in with the peanuts and sunflower seeds (the latter are shelled; all are unsalted).

This photo doesn't do them justice. They are the most gorgeous shade of blue you've ever seen -- what I think of as a Wedgewood blue. I wonder what they are. Anyone know? They're teeny-tiny, maybe four and a half inches from beak to tail. So pretty!

4 comments:

Bret “Ginx” Alan said...

It could be an eastern bluebird, sialia silias. It's tough to say, though, because I can only see the profile of the bottom one, which is probably a youth.

writenow said...

Bret, thanks for the suggestion. Wikipedia's photo shows a reddish color on the bottom of the eastern bluebirds. Mine seem to be blue on top and bottom. (Though I admit I never saw any pattern on these birds until I looked at the bottom bird in the photo in my blog post. So you may be right after all.) I'll try to get a better photo. Are you a bird guy? I used to breed cockatiels and had a few parrots in my day. Now my house is too cold for birds. Grrrrr. I'm used to having a pal on my shoulder and I really miss it.

Artichoke Annie said...

I like your picture....

On tap this evening (hopefully) Solaris....will report back.

Saw Clockwork Orange the other night...didn't like it, I'll stick with blue.....

writenow said...

I always hated A Clockwork Orange. Detestable movie. But you've got one heck of a viewing experience in store for you tonight. I wish I could see Solaris again for the first time. I envy you.