There are three species of Bluebirds in the United States. The Eastern, Western and Mountain Bluebirds. I have seen 2 out of 3. Two out of three ain’t bad, except I need the trifecta for my life list. I just had to add the Meatloaf video of the song when I wrote this out. One day I will get the 3rd bird.
The Eastern Bluebirds are, yes you guessed it on the east coast and throughout the midsection of North America and down into Central America. The Western Bluebirds are on the west coast from just into Canada and down to Mexico. Mountain Bluebirds are in the mountains from Mexico to well further north into Canada and Alaska than the Western Bluebird.
The Western Bluebird, when I do see this bird is comparable to the Eastern Bluebird in many ways. Both male species have dark blue backs, wings and head with orange breasts, however the male Western Bluebirds have blue throats whereas the male Eastern Bluebird has an orange throat. The females of both of these species are harder to identify when you are in crossing lines of territory.
This Mountain Bluebird was perched up on a wooden fence in Emigrant, Montana one morning while traveling on the Old Yellowstone Trail, the road less traveled. The Mountain Bluebird is quite different in color than the Eastern and Western Bluebird. This one perched is a female.
This is my first time participating in April Blogging from A-Z Challenge. As a birder and photographer, I will be sharing a new bird with you every day. I host a weekly photo challenge called Bird Weekly and would love for you to stop by anytime. Join in if that is your thing too.