I was heading out for an early morning hike when I spotted a male Eastern Bluebird perched on my rain gauge near my garden. I have been hoping to see these birds for the past three years here on my property in the Arkansas Ouachitas. On my property at my main house I have been always able to photograph nesting Eastern Bluebirds. A pair would nest twice a year and sometimes I would have two nesting pairs. (Two Sets Of Eastern Bluebirds)
While I was photographing this male I got a glimpse of the female in the trees nearby. She never came close enough for me to photograph her on this day. I have a Bluebird house set up near the rain gauge so my fingers are crossed that this is why they are in the area. I put this birdhouse up three years ago. This will be the first time I have seen any Bluebirds near the birdhouse.
I think the birdhouse is in a great spot and I will be able to park my pickup nearby as a blind to photograph out of.
Eastern Bluebirds tend to live in open country around trees, but with little under-story and sparse ground cover which is not what I have in this area. My property is located near the Ouachita National Forest and the area around my property has thick under-brush. The birdhouse is on the edge of my garden and I am hoping the area is open enough for them.
Eastern Bluebird Facts
Original habitats probably included open, frequently burned pine savannas, beaver ponds, mature but open woods, and forest openings. Today, they’re most common along pastures, agricultural fields, suburban parks, backyards, and even golf courses. This bird also occurs across eastern North America and south as far as Nicaragua. Birds that live farther north and in the west of the range tend to lay more eggs than eastern and southern birds. (Wikipedia)