Baby Bluebirds

I’ve always heard that the presence of blue birds around your home will bring luck.

If that’s true my family and I can look forward to many years of good fortune.

Bluebirds and baby bluebirds abound in my neck of the woods.

bluebird nest

Our latest encounter with a feathered good luck charm centers around this baby bluebird.

As I was pulling into my driveway last week,  my kids spotted the baby bird in the path of my car tires.

I hit the brakes and Cameron and Jordy jumped out of the car.

The baby bird barely moved as they approached.

bluebird mailbox

Our newspaper box is home to baby bluebirds whose mother makes her nest here several times a year in the spring and early summer.

I argued to my kids that the baby bird was probably kicked out of the nest because it was time…. and because… that’s what parents do.

That remark was met with teenage expressions that suggested they did not miss the dual point I was trying to make.

blue bird hungry

The kids ran into the house grabbed some latex gloves, grabbed an old nest they keep for just such purposes and plotted a plan of action because that’s what kids do.

I grabbed my camera and a prop stool… because that’s what bloggers do.

Reluctantly, I agreed the tiny house guest could stay with us for just one night.

baby bird feathers

We’ve watched bluebirds grow up for many seasons.

It’s always a joy to see those soft, gray tufts turn into vibrant blue feathers.

By the way, I’ve written about the sweet bluebirds who live and fly around my home before.

You can read that previous post which also has bird-watching tips,  HERE.

Oh,  and if you love bluebirds as much as we do, you might like my adorable, nesting bluebird cupcakes HERE.

bluebird baby and nest

The kids concocted a bird mush from a recipe they found online and placed the morsels inside a box along with the bird and nest.

Everything was put on our screened-in back porch.

Cameron and Jordy couldn’t help checking on the bird just about every hour until bedtime.  I guess there are some things, kids never outgrow.

The following morning the most amazing thing happened.

When we looked out onto the porch, the baby bird was out of the box and on the deck flooring with his little face pressed against the screening.

Outside, on the other side of the screen was the mother bluebird. She was hovering and fluttering at the screen directly across from the baby bird.

Mama bird kept swooping toward the screen and she had a long worm in her mouth.

She found her baby.  It was all the more amazing to witness because the little bird was no where near where we initially picked it up.

Of course, that’s what mamas do but we all still felt a little pang in our heart watching  Mother Nature play out in this way.

bluebird babies

The kids knew right away they had to put the baby back in the box with its siblings.

Two days later, all the birds were gone from our newspaper box.

It was time for them to take off on their own after all.

Well, that is what baby bluebirds (and eventually teenagers) do.

Tweet, tweet.

baby bluebird story

Thanks for stopping by.

See  you back here next time. 

 

  • Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things

    We love bluebirds and have had two families this summer in our bluebird house. We always miss them leaving the nest though. Beautiful pictures.

  • Lancia Lee

    I love bluebirds, but they are not very plentiful where I live. I have lots of cardinals & Robins. 😊 Thanks for sharing & I love the pictures.

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks, Lancia. I think cardinals are also supposed to bring luck when you spot them in early winter. As for robins if you make a wish when you see the first robin of the year, that’s supposed to be good luck too.

      At least, that’s what I’ve heard (smile).

  • Rebecca

    I LOVE this sweet story, and your wonderful pictures!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • jae

    Wonderful story and beautiful pictures. What a great way to start the week. We are blessed….our kids have ‘flown the coop’, but come back often to visit!

  • Eilis MyHeartLivesHere

    I love a happy ending and your photos of the blue bird are amazing!

  • Mary Crozier

    What a sweet story to start my day! Reminds me of all the times we found little birds (mostly pigeons, to my husband’s dismay) in our yard. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks, Mary. The birds are so much fun to watch.
      They do leave a mess behind in my newspaper box-lol.
      Hope you have a wonderful week.

  • Jeanne

    The photos are breathtaking…the colors so perfect…the story so sweet. Love the Happy Ending!

  • Peggy

    What a sweet story, sweet kids and a very sweet Mama. Great memories.

  • Elaine Tutman

    Mother Nature is powerful and moves along no matter the crazy stuff people are up to. Once again, we are shown that Motherhood is awesome! Thanks for sharing this experience. Nana Banana

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Awwww! I loved the story. Our kids always seemed to find critters that needed mothering — especially bunnies. We had three cats so we had to be careful. Your baby bluebird is so cute. Looks like good fortune is going to surround you, couldn’t be a better family. 🙂 Have a great day!

  • [email protected] Designs

    Oh what a great story….and your kids are the sweetest…and yes, may you have many, many years of good luck!!!…Beautiful, beautiful photos!

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