Oh, great, so it's possible there was a Mountain Bluebird in my neck of
the woods? Auuggghhh.
Eastern Bluebirds are very pretty, but they aren't the vivid, almost
electric blue of a Mountain Bluebird. Maybe what you saw was an EABL in
particularly brilliant light, but I've never seen one I would call
"brilliant blue" and they nest on my property, so I see them a lot.
Do Easterns have a molt schedule that would put them in fresh plumage
this time of year?
On 11/12/2012 8:02 PM, Ian A. Worley wrote:
> On November 6th at 11:46 my wife Mary and I were birding by car slowly
> along Heitman Road in Shoreham when a brilliant blue bird flew out of
> roadside shrubs right in front of the car, flew at eye-height in front
> of us very briefly, and then disappeared into a roadside thicket.
> We were both taken by surprise, Mary blurting out "What was that!" My
> perceptive response was "I dunno .... I guess it was a Bluebird." We
> kept driving exclaiming about its brilliance, assuming it was a Bluebird
> in new plumage in good light ..... even though we both remarked that it
> definitely was (or seemed) a brighter, more eye-catching blue than any
> Bluebird we could ever remember seeing.
> On 11/12/2012 2:21 PM, Jane Stein wrote:
>> It's impossible to imagine that intense color if you haven't seen it.
>> I was with a group of experienced and well-traveled birders when I saw
>> the one I saw in Utah, and everybody just became totally silent and
>> sat there looking at it with their mouths hanging open until it flew off.
>> The bird is still being seen in Gloucester as of this AM.
>> On 11/12/2012 11:32 AM, Jean Arrowsmith wrote:
>>> After a white knuckle drive on the back side of Pike's Peak, where the
>>> one lane road with no guardrails turned snow-covered, down onto Phantom
>>> Canyon's paved road, 5 Mountain Bluebirds perched on a fence-rail took
>>> my breath away. No traffic, so I pulled over sharply and just gazed.
>>> And decided they were worth the trip.
>>> Which is to say, the trip to Mass. would be worth it if successful.
>>> Good Luck!
>>> Jean Arrowsmith in AZ