State Bird of Missouri

When I went on my second fall hike with the intent to focus on bird watching, I heard birds. Did I see them? No.

This woodpecker stopped by just to chatter at me that the “paparazzi” was not welcome today.

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Not the Missouri State Bird

In the distance, I saw a small bird light on a branch.  It was really too bright to tell what bird I had captured with my camera’s zoom lens so I simply continued on my walk.  Later, I saw it had been this little bluebird landing on the tree in the distance.

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It was a bluebird!

The Missouri State Bird is the Bluebird.  I often see (and hear!) Blue-jays around our house but I’ve never seen a Bluebird in our backyard.We live in a bit more of a wooded area than they prefer I think.

They’re often described as a flash of blue.  After snapping the above photo, I didn’t expect to see so many flashes of blue as I continued on my walk.

Walking on the path by a small water puddle, I noticed a few birds and glanced to the wooded area to my left.  I saw many “flashes of blue!”  Too fast and far away for decent photos, I stopped to enjoy the moment.  Then, this kind bluebird decided to cooperate a bit.

As I was checking my (slightly out of focus…need more practice) photo at home, I was delighted to see I captured both a female and a male bird on camera!

Can you spot the male bird peeking out on the left part of the stump?  state bird

These little blue birds did indeed bring me much happiness. I’m calling my first official birding attempt a success thanks to those flashes of blue!

Also spotted at this park but not willing to cooperate for me: a Mockingbird, wrens, and a few turkey vultures soaring in the sky.

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One of the uncooperative turkey vultures

At my “regular” hang-outs, I spotted Robins, Blue-jays, Cardinals, and a pair of Titmouse birds. What birds did you spot this week?

Joining in the weekly link up over at I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Also, this is post #14 in my 31 Days of Embracing The Fall Season Series.

 

 

 

 

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11 thoughts on “State Bird of Missouri

  1. Rebecca L Knox

    Love the bluebird pic, Jean! Very nice! A couple of years ago I was at work (it was late winter/early spring) and I looked out the big plate-glass window that we have in the nature center and there, atop nine bison patties, sat nine little birds. I did a double take! I thought, “What in the world???” Upon closer investigation I discovered that it was bluebirds. Atop each bison patty sat a single bluebird! They were digging up seeds or larvae or something that was in those piles. It was hilarious! I didn’t get a picture, but I did nature journal it. I had never seen anything like it before and haven’t since. Wild! LOL! Have a blessed day!
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I was so excited to see them. Oh, I bet seeing all those bluebirds like that was quite a site. How fun! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

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    1. Jean Post author

      Now that I’ve finally seen actual bluebirds and not just in photographs, I can see why they would be your favorite. They are beautiful birds!

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