Male Eastern Bluebird Perched On Rain Gauge

By | March 28, 2017

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.

Male Eastern Bluebird On Rain Gauge

Male Eastern Bluebird (Arkansas) – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 Lens | @400mm | 1/500 | f/6.3 | ISO 800

Male Eastern Bluebird Bringing Nest Material To Birdhouse

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)

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

7 thoughts on “Male Eastern Bluebird Perched On Rain Gauge

  1. Rita Roberts

    Beautiful Blue bird and great photo Steve. I hope you have luck more with these birds visiting your bird house. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photography !!

  2. Greg Topp

    I have never had a nesting bluebird. They rarely land where I can see them, but have not noticed any that are nesting. I do see a some each summer. Too much to hope for!

    1. Steve Creek Post author

      I didn’t think I would here, but I hope once they start they will continue showing up each year.

  3. Leah Edwards

    Wonderful photo of my favorite bird!! I have photographed so many of them and still enjoy seeing and photographing this beautiful bird.

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