Signs of spring: mountain bluebirds

Less than a couple of weeks ago, it was close to -30ºC and there was a thick layer of snow across the prairies.  A couple of days ago it was just above 0ºC with only small patches of snow left on the fields near Mossleigh.  I spent the afternoon on the backroads to see what I could find.  Snowy owls were nowhere that I could see so I suspect the majority have now headed north.  Wedges of Canada geese flew overhead steadily as the sun began to sink lower.  These were joined by the occasional small bevy of swans which were great to see and I will share some of those pictures soon.
Early in the afternoon a blur of blue zipped past where I was photographing a stormy cloudscene to the east.  A mountain bluebird landed on a barbed wire fence a few metres away and quickly flitted around the posts and in the tall grass for a few seconds.  This male was joined by two others and two females and they flew off across the road and quickly out of sight across a field.  These birds are usually early spring migrants so I took it a definitive sign that winter’s grip is releasing now.

13 responses

  1. Such beautiful pictures! I love the first picture the most, her open wings in the air and the contrasting green in the backdrop is very pleasing.

    March 22, 2017 at 11:04 am

  2. A beautiful bird, I haven’t seen yet. Thanks for posting the great photos.

    March 22, 2017 at 10:34 am

  3. Blue birds are some of my favorites–spectacular shots.Thanks for these!

    March 21, 2017 at 8:56 pm

  4. Could it be that those birds came here from paradise? What a sight!

    March 21, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    • Maybe! If they do, I’m glad that they choose to summer here.

      March 22, 2017 at 5:31 am

  5. daveyone1

    Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..

    March 21, 2017 at 1:22 pm

  6. Such wonderful photos. And such welcome news from the bluebirds!

    March 21, 2017 at 11:56 am

  7. Bluebirds! Like a piece of the sky. Fantastic photos

    March 21, 2017 at 11:46 am

    • I love that connection to the sky. Thank you for sharing that!

      March 21, 2017 at 12:27 pm

  8. Reblogged this on Le Bien-Etre au bout des Doigts.

    March 21, 2017 at 11:36 am

  9. taikunping

    I love the contrast of colour in your photo shares, beautiful bird not seen here in English…beautiful

    March 21, 2017 at 8:00 am

  10. suekaren4gmailcom

    nice photos love the shot of bird about to land on the wire it is so hard to get good shots in flight

    March 21, 2017 at 7:29 am

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