Blue birds and Bluebirds

Today we did a little more studying about blue birds and bluebirds! That was the second Bird challenge on the Outdoor Hour. Actually it was Jays and Bluebirds, but I thought my title was catchy.

We were able to see bluebirds really well at the grandparents’ house this past weekend and today we read about them and added them to our nature journals. We didn’t find a lot of information about the bluebirds, but we do have to admit that they are really special and we wish they’d come visit us at our house. I had a hard time choosing which photo to post.

Western Bluebird

That photo was taken on Sunday at my parents’ place.

The other blue bird that we learned about was the Steller’s Jay. That is the Jay that frequents our house and chases the birds away from our feeders. We do like the Steller’s Jay because it really is a gorgeous bird, we just wish that it would learn to share. But since around this house, we sometimes have trouble with sharing, guess we shouldn’t complain about the Steller’s Jay.

Unfortunately, even though we’re regularly visited by the Steller’s Jay, we don’t have any photos of them. One of these days. If you’d like to see it, you can visit my favorite online field guide: Steller’s Jay @

The kids illustrated these birds in their nature journals. Here are their illustrations.

Stellers Jay and Western Bluebird Nature Journal -- JD Boy age 6

Stellers Jay and Western Bluebird by JD Boy, age 6

Western Bluebird Nature Journal -- Zippy age 9

Western Bluebird by Zippy, age 9

Stellers Jay Nature Journal -- Zippy age 9

Steller’s Jay by Zippy, age 9

This bird study also included comparing beaks of different birds, which we did. The favorite two to compare were the hummingbird with the Steller’s Jay. Can’t say how much we’re enjoying the bird studies on the Outdoor Hour Challenges.

3 thoughts on “Blue birds and Bluebirds

  • April 23, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Stunning photo again in this post….really gorgeous colors.

    Your journals are fantastic as well. Your family is doing such a great job with the bird challenges.

    Thank you for sharing your birds,

    Barb-Harmony Art Mom

  • April 24, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    That first picture is just amazing and the kids art and detail are great as well!

    I love bluebirds, I grew up birdwatching with my mom and dad. I saw the eastern bluebird in Arkansas growing up. Such a beautiful bird.


    Time Well Spent

  • April 26, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Excellent photo! I love the drawings… my kids love to look at other kids drawings :-) I'll have to pull your post up when they come inside :-) Thanks for sharing them.

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