Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge – Feathers of Blue

Welcome to Week #5 of the Bird Weekly Photo Challenge. Week #5 challenge is Feathers of Blue. Upcoming challenges can be found on my Bird Weekly Challenge Page.

The feature image is a close up of a Black-crowned Night Heron taken at Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa, Florida. There was no cropping of this photo. He was that close, but keep in mind, I had my 200mm lens trained on him!

Florida Scrub-Jay

Florida Scrub-Jay found only in Florida in scrub oak areas.  This photo was taken at the Cape Canaveral National Seashore.

One of the most elusive birds ever! The Florida Scrub-Jay can only be found in…guess where? You got it! FLORIDA! Not all of Florida either. There are certain hotspots where you can find this beautiful shy bird. This photo was taken at Canaveral National Seashore that butts up to Cape Canaveral where it meets the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. They do not migrate and almost never travel more than a few miles from where they hatched. They can be found in low-growing scrub oak in sandy soils or perched up high with their long tail hanging down like in my photo. The Florida Scrub-Jay is on the federal endangered species list.

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Male Black-throated blue warbler during migration in April, 2020.  Photo was taken in my backyard in Jacksonville, Florida.

Black-throated blue warbler male and female are totally different in looks. The female is more of a buff colored with some light grayish blue tones in the wings and around the head. The photo above was taken in my backyard. The first time we’ve ever seen one in our yard was in April, 2020. They migrate through Florida and much of the Southeast. They breed in parts of Tennessee and northward in the United States.

Eastern Bluebird

Female Eastern Bluebird perched upon a manmade branch attached to our feeders.

This photo was taken 2 nights ago. It’s not a great photo as it was almost dark when this female landed on our manmade perch attached to our feeders. The male was just above on the electrical line going to the house. Did you know the male behavior seems to take on the 1950’s tradition. He chooses where they will make a home for their brood by bringing nest material to the nest cavity, wave his wings while perched above it for the female to see. That’s it! He leaves it to her to build the nest and incubate the eggs. What a guy?

Blue Jay

Blue Jay hanging out on top of a roof shed.  There were about 30 in the neighborhood and it was quite loud!

The Blue Jay is one of the noisiest birds there are around ones backyard. They are found in a large part of the United States and in the southern part of Canada. Afterall, Toronto named their Major League Baseball team the Blue Jays. If you are trying to attract them to your feeder, they prefer tray feeders with peanuts, sunflower seed and suet. I will watch them come to our feeder, pick out the peanut and fly off. On occasion, Blue Jays are known to take and eat eggs and nestlings of other birds, but scientist have no evidence of how common it is.

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron posing beautifully on a log at Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa, Florida.

The Black-crowned night heron will brood any chick that is placed in its nest. Their young will often disgorge their stomach contents when approached…YUCK! These young will leave the nest in about a month but are unable to fly until they are 6 weeks old.

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron with a wonderful reflection chilling out on the lake.

The Little Blue Heron often appears to have gray feathers that are considered to be a dark slaty-blue. The one above posed up nicely for me and is an adult. When they are feeding, they are patient eaters and will stand and wait for their food to get closer to them. You will often see them with other herons, egrets and woodstorks, plus they will build their nests in trees where these species are building or have built a nest.

Peach-faced Lovebird

Tweety the Love Bird loved the garden and his feathers were multiple shades of green, peach and teal blue.

Meet Tweety! He was our beloved Lovebird. For his short life, he was quite spoiled and imprinted on Frank. He tolerated me! Isn’t he beautiful? Unfortunately, Tweety met his untimely death at the grips of a Red-shouldered Hawk shortly after I had given him a bath. It happened within a matter of seconds before I could place him back into his cage. Devastated, I was and is an understatement! I WAS DISTRAUGHT! I would never get another as I didn’t like the caged part of the lifestyle. Plus, they are a commitment. They are in the parrot family, but unlike a Macaw who will live 50 years, lovebirds will still live 12-15 years as long as you can keep them away from getting snatched by a bird of prey.


Until next week…Week #5 – Feathers of Blue.

46 Comments on “Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge – Feathers of Blue

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      • Make it 4. The Black Throated Warbler, Eastern Bluebird, Little Blue Heron, and your Peach Lovebird.

        I had a blue Parakeet many years ago, but it didn’t last long sadly. He was pretty, and still missed.

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      • Well, the Little Blue Heron is here year round. Eastern Bluebirds are too but not in my neighborhood usually. I’ve only ever seen the lovebirds in a pet store. I would love to see them in the wild. 😊

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      • Maybe 5! I need to back through my FL images to see if I photographed your Florida Scrub Jay if not then there’s another one I have never seen!

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    • Thank you. Yeah it’s been about 11 years now but there’s still great memories. He was the prettiest lovebird I’ve ever seen. 😊

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  3. Some stunning photos, Lisa. Thank you for choosing such a great topic. And thank you for all your descriptions and information. Here are some of my photos which have birds with one or more blue feathers guaranteed! See https://wp.me/p8zWGa-1Mm

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    • Thanks John. It’s been a long time. We’ve got Heaven a bit before this happened. I lost my granddaughter a few months later so that overshadowed losing Tweety. 😊

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  5. Sorry to hear about your lovebird. Geez. That sounded awful. We have a cockatoo that flies free in our house – a compromise. It isn’t safe for him in our predator-den area and the heavy snowfalls of winter. He tolerates us, provided he flies free.

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    • Tweety had a large perch in the condo and was potty trained. He ran around the house and stayed when told to. He really was amazing. 😊

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      • Our bird doesn’t do as he’s told, but he is affectionate and a very strong flier. He’s a rescue and has really blossomed in his 10 years with us. Tweety sounds like he would have been a great role model! What wonderful memories you must have.

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      • Birds can be stubborn. Frank would put him in his cage when he didn’t listen and he became trained to do so. Sometimes he would still wonder in the kitchen just to be with him. He was very needy when it came to Frank. 😊

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  8. Thank you for bringing these wonderful splashes of blue to our attention, Lisa. I’m sorry to hear about your lovebird experience and can relate to your distress. Just the other day I watched a Cooper’s Hawk snatch a juvenile Robin from the ground only a few steps ahead of me. Just because nature works this way doesn’t mean we can’t be sad about some aspects of it! πŸ˜ͺ

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