Western Bluebirds at Theler

Haven’t been able to figure out how to present the Bufflehead pictures I took at Theler, so I decided to post these shots of Western Bluebirds, instead, even though they were taken at a considerable distance.

I saw the same Western Bluebirds much closer the week before but never managed to get them to stay in one place long enough to get a decent shot.

These were so far away that I obviously didn’t pose a threat, even if my camera were an M-1. Western Bluebirds have been around Theler for several winters but have never nested there. I can almost imagine them house-hunting and deciding that these bird houses don’t meet their standards.

Both the female

female Western Bluebird

and the male took turns surveying the premises,

male Western Bluebird

but, in the end, both seemed to be looking for a better place,

male and female Western Bluebird

and who can blame them?