Mountain Bluebird on Fence

Here is my entry for Granny Shot It’s  Bird of the Day (BOTD) challenge. Entry also for Becky’s Life Of B “Are You Square” October challenge Lines/Squares.

Mountain Bluebird sitting on the fence post off the Old Yellowstone Highway in Montana. It was really skittish & was lucky to get a shot at all. I found it interesting that the fences are made of round logs set in intersecting lines. So rugged looking!

30 Comments on “Mountain Bluebird on Fence

  1. I adore this photo. Hubby and I have always wanted to visit the most country parts of Montana. Is it as beautiful as we think it would be? 😉

    That type of fencing is seen often in the mountainous areas I’ve noticed. Up in the Blue Ridge, many people have it around their homes. It was one of the things I noticed as well and loved.

    Thanks for sharing this stunning photography!

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  2. oh this is fabulous . . . a great lines&square

    and I am so sorry it has taken me so long to visit and to welcome you to the square gang. For some reason WordPress doesn’t notify me of links to a page and so I have only spotted your fabulous square via the reader tag today.

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  3. I’ve slowly started putting out bird feeders around my place to try & get more of them to come out of the woods. The people who had the property before I bought it had several bird houses out but they were in poor repair & most of them were destroyed in a storm.

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    • That is a great idea. We have 2 poles with squirrel baffles in our front yard. It has 4 feeders on each. We have a running fountain in the front & one in the back. That draws them out even more when they have circulating water near the food. Regular bird baths don’t work as well here in Florida because the water is stagnant & stays hot.

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      • I have a creek in front of my house and for now the squirrels are cutting the hickory on my place.
        I have tried suet but they haven’t touched it in 2 weeks so I left it out and added a few different types of seed mix.

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      • Do you have a wild birds unlimited near you? They are very knowledgeable about what works in a local area. We use a choice mix that works well. It attracts the cardinals, titmouse, house finches, wrens, blue jays and several woodpeckers. We had 2 American redstarts today which is a first. Goldfinches will be here in December. It’s a great mix for us here. Keep trying until you dial it in. I found the woodpeckers don’t like the suet as much as this seed. Hmmmm?

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      • I’m not sure if I do have wild birds unlimited near me 🤔 My background is actually in forest biology but we focused on dendrology. Somewhere in my library is all of my conservation texts that should give me an idea of what to try and mimic. I’m actually thinking that because I have so much wild seed still out in the forest that they’re not really looking for a new source yet.
        The next feeder might include meal worms and/or dried fruit.

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      • Oohhhh. Dried fruit could bring some birds the seed doesn’t bring. Frank has fed mealworms to Carolina wrens out of his hand. We go through more seed in the winter because of just what you said. Still have food source. It also sometimes takes weeks for birds to find the feeders. Once they do, you will be spending some money. It’s so worth it to get those photos. 😊

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      • I have access to huge amounts of Autumn Olive. I’m thinking that next year I can collect it and preserve it in enough volume to add to a seed mix. It’s something that they naturally flock to and it’s good for people too so win/win. There’s also plans for Jerusalem artichoke to be planted next year and they’re in the sunflower family. I eat the roots but not the seed.
        By the time I’m finished I should have a good little food forest going that will care for me and the wildlife. 😊

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      • Put that degree to good use. I love it. Frank used some dead branches from the backyard & built an extended perch & attached it to the pole system. The birds love it. I will post something about it soon with photos. We are creative in a different way I suppose.

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      • In full disclosure, I dropped out college before I got my degree. (Financial issues) I had enough of a solid grasp on things and the new internet made it possible to self educate. My current job pays as well as the guys I would have graduated with anyway.

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      • I was paying cash. The long and the short of it is that I was selling wildcrafted roots like ginseng and cohosh to pay tuition fees and broke my ankle. I missed 2 months of work at my day job and lost all my credits.

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      • I believe everything happens for a reason. Sorry you lost your credits but it seems that you did get your education even self induced. At least you don’t have debt.

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  4. Great shot! I love mountain bluebirds – Idaho’s state bird. Hard to capture in a photo. A few days ago, walking along a country road here in central Idaho, I was astounded to see several – 15, maybe? – gathered together briefly on a telephone wire. They flew off before I could get a photo. Must be getting ready to head south for the winter.

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    • It was hard to get. Got lucky. Read my story on chasing a magpie. Talk about a problem bird for me. By the way, I fell in love with Driggs, Idaho. I want to move. Not sure I could handle the winter though.

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