Monday, September 10, 2012


Eastern Bluebird, 5 x 7" oil on panel, ©2012, Fay Terry

We have had so many bluebirds around this summer and I am happy to say that North Carolina bluebirds do not migrate in winter.  They do have a fall molt which gives them a very dull color to protect them from predators.  Most of the males will be bright blue again by next March.

The bluebird population in North Carolina declined by as much as ninety percent due to loss of habitat, several severe winters,  the use of DDT before it was banned, etc.  Now these songbirds which were once the most common bird in the state, are making a great comeback due to conservation efforts.  Nearly everyone seems to have a bluebird house in their yard and many people are making an effort to attract them to these nesting places and provide food for them.

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