A few days ago I saw one of the cutest little birds ever: the Eastern Bluebird. In fact, I saw at least six playing in our yard. Well, okay, they weren't really playing. They were hunting. We have a lot of bugs in our yard. But they were really cute! We watched them fly around and snatch bugs for at least 20 minutes. And since I love to learn everything I can about anything I see, I thought I'd share some random facts about Eastern Bluebirds:
- Eastern Bluebirds do NOT live in Utah, nor most of the other western states.
- Eastern Bluebirds usually have blue eggs, but white eggs do show up too.
- Eastern Bluebirds can have two broods of babies, and the "older siblings" often help raise the younger!
- Eastern Bluebirds are just a little smaller than robins.
- Some Eastern Bluebirds live in Texas year-round; some migrate to Texas in the winter.
- Eastern Bluebirds almost disappeared from Texas because they ran out of nesting spots. Then, people built thousands of nesting boxes and now they have moved back.
As a related side note, I did have a chance to go back to the University of Houston a couple months ago and double check on the parakeets. The little flock I saw was a group of Monk Parakeets, they were in the same trees they were in when I first saw them, and I did take a picture. I would have to hunt for the picture, though. I'm sure you were all just dying of curiosity. Now you know.
So, yes, Eastern Bluebirds and Monk Parakeets live happily in wild, wild Houston!