Last summer I put hummingbird feeders up on my deck and have been watching those fascinating little birds and snapping photos of them. I could almost say that hummingbirds are my favorite. But then I remember another time and place and a different bird. Years ago I had a summer place in Montana where I was blessed with lots of Mountain Bluebirds. I set up a nest box, watched, and took photos. The Mountain Bluebird family story is in the photos below. For many years I considered them my favorite birds.
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Nest box on the left.
Storm brews in the distance.
This is in the Rocky Mountains of Montana.
|Solitary nest box.
Selected as home by Mountain Bluebirds
in late May.
|Yes, the eggs are BLUE too. 😊
|Mom doing her duty.
|First egg hatched.
The beek is easy to spot.
|Checking on the family.
|Feeding is a busy project.
|Mom and Dad both bring food.
|These little ones are hungry.
|Trying to pretend they are not there.
|More food please.
|So big it is getting crowded.
Note poop stuck on walls.
Sometimes the parents could be seen
bringing the poop out of the nest.
|Almost ready to leave the nest.
|Box cleaned out and ready for next year.
|I miss the storm clouds in Montana's
big sky country.
And the Mountain Bluebirds!
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