Bluebird of Happiness

What are the odds of seeing another bluebird after just seeing several for the first time?  bluebird Pretty good!  I spotted this gal on a wire above a lake at the Unity Village Hiking Trail.  

What kind of bird is that?  I asked my husband who replied, probably some sort of finch.  bluebird We need better bird identification skills! As I crept closer, I still wasn’t entirely sure.  Confession: Even after getting closer and taking the photo below, I still had to come home and look up what I photographed. bluebird Perhaps, soon I’ll be able to readily identify our state bird!

Turns out the trail we hiked along is part of the Great Missouri Birding Trail bluebird Birds we saw besides our friendly little bluebird:

This little goldfinch looking for berries. bluebird bluebird Who are looking at, lady? bluebird We also spotted this robin taking a drink from a small stream: bluebird And a busy Bluejay: bluebird We also heard but did not see a few woodpeckers, and lots more loud Bluejays. Spotted but not photographed were turkey vultures soaring in the sky as well as a few geese and a killdeer as we pulled into the parking lot.  A group of crows also flew over our head as we were finishing our hike but the photo was too blurry to share.

You can view a few more photos from our hike in this post.  We also saw a little turtle:  bluebird And this furry creature:


What kind of winter will we have?

Other birds spotted during the course of the last week:

A flock of seagulls! The birds, not the band.  It still seems strange to think we have seagulls in Missouri.  They were flying around during my oldest son’s band competition.  I managed to get one on camera although it’s not the best photo (I was zooming in from the stadium seats): bluebird

And I saw a few grackles after a storm moved through our area on Saturday evening. My favorite little companion joined me to watch our usual gang of backyard robins and the Carolina wren sing: bluebird

What birds have you seen so far this fall?

Linking this post up with I’d Rather B Birdin for the Bird Depot as well as including it in my 31 Days of Embracing The Fall Season Series.




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13 thoughts on “Bluebird of Happiness

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! It’s been a pretty good weekend (except for having a bit of a cold) so far. Hope you are having a great weekend as well!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I actually wondered about that. Next time I’ll have to turn the bird app on my phone on so I can compare their calls.

  1. Eileen

    Hello ,
    I am visiting from Anni’s bird blog. You had some great sightings on the trail. I love the beautiful bluebirds. Cute kitty! Happy Sunday, enjoy your day!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! My silly little cat actually gets jealous of the camera and that’s why I had to take her picture 🙂 Hope you are enjoying your day as well.

  2. Rebecca Knox

    Nice pictures, Jean, and your identification skills are just fine. Birds are often hard to identify, but with time, patience, and practice it gets easier. Might I suggest getting the National Audubon Society’s Sibly Guide To Birds? It’s the best there is. I use mine regularly. Some of the birds that I’ve seen this fall are Bobwhite quail, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, gold finches, house finches, robins, indigo buntings, meadowlarks, crows, turkey vultures, wild turkeys, a broad-winged hawk, and a barred owl. The trails at Prairie are listed among the Great Missouri Birding Trails, too. Happy Birding!!!
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I’ll have to check into the book you mentioned, I have an app on my phone plus a few bird books I inherited from my dad that I should probably carry with me.

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