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Mountain Bluebirds

November 3, 2016

The mountain bluebird (Sialia currucoides) is a medium-sized bird weighing about 1.1 oz with a length from 6–8 in. They have light underbellies and black eyes. Adult males have thin bills and are bright turquoise-blue and somewhat lighter underneath. Adult females have duller blue wings and tail, grey breast, grey crown, throat and back. In fresh fall plumage, the female’s throat and breast are tinged with red-orange, brownish near the flank contrasting with white tail underparts.

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The mountain bluebird is just as “western” as the Western Bluebird, but the two species occupy different habitats in summer. The Western is more of a forest bird, the Mountain more partial to open habitats: high sagebrush desert, mountain meadows, and even alpine tundra.

Interested in more bluebird articles, see our links below for more great information.

Bluebirds: http://vbelleblog.com/2014/03/05/bluebirds/

Bluebird China History: http://vbelleblog.com/2014/03/07/bluebird-china-history/

Vintage Bluebird Greetings!  http://vbelleblog.com/2014/11/29/vintage-bluebird-greetings/

Bluebird Search http://vbelleblog.com/?s=bluebird

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Vintage Bluebird Greetings!

November 29, 2014

Origins of the Bluebird as a Symbol of Happiness

The symbol of a bluebird as the harbinger of happiness is found in many cultures and may date back thousands of years. One of the oldest examples (found on oracle bone inscriptions of the Shang Dynasty, 1766-1122 BC) is from pre-modern China, where a blue bird (qingniao) was the messenger bird of Xi Wangmu, the ‘Queen Mother of the West’ who began life as a fearsome goddess and Immortal. By the Tang Dynasty (618-906 AD) she had evolved into a Daoist fairy queen and the protector/patron of “singing girls, dead women, novices, nuns, adepts and priestesses…women [who] stood outside the roles prescribed for women in the traditional Chinese family”. Depictions of Xi Wangmu often include a bird—the birds in the earliest depictions are difficult to identify, and by the Tang Dynasty, most of the birds appear in a circle, often with three legs, as a symbol of the sun.

(Interested in more bluebird articles, see our links below for more great information.)

Bluebirds http://vbelleblog.com/2014/03/05/bluebirds/

Mountain Bluebirds  http://vbelleblog.com/2016/11/03/mountain-bluebirds/

Bluebird China History: http://vbelleblog.com/2014/03/07/bluebird-china-history/

Bluebird Search  http://vbelleblog.com/?s=bluebird

 

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Bluebird China History

March 7, 2014

The Bluebird china pattern was first introduced in the 1800s. It was created by using bluebird designed decals and transferring these decals to white porcelain or semi-porcelain plates. At the height of its popularity there were over 300 potteries in East Liverpool manufacturing the dinnerware.

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The specific artists who designed the various blue bird patterns are unknown. The decals were not designed by the manufacturers themselves instead they were purchased from companies such as Meyercord Decal Company located in Chicago. As a result, several manufacturers have the same bluebird design on their plates.

The popularity of the bluebird china rose to its peak during the 1920s when many households in America were serving dishes on bluebird china dinnerware. Today when collectors are asked why they are collecting bluebird china, the response is often that they remember it from a grandparent, a favorite aunt or their mother.

(Interested in more bluebird articles, see our links below for more great information.)

Bluebirds http://vbelleblog.com/2014/03/05/bluebirds/

Mountain Bluebirds  http://vbelleblog.com/2016/11/03/mountain-bluebirds/

Vintage Bluebird Greetings http://vbelleblog.com/2014/11/29/vintage-bluebird-greetings/

Bluebird Search  http://vbelleblog.com/?s=bluebird

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Three factors are considered to be behind bluebird china’s popularity:

First, the earliest Americans established a spot in the culture associating blue birds with happy events, tranquility and good fortune because Native Americans and early settlers found the appearance and playful personality of bluebirds enchanting.

Second, the optimistic outlook prevailing in America in the 1920s naturally aligned with blue birds as symbols of hope and happiness, and bluebird china rose to prominence alongside the optimism of the people.

Finally, the influence of advertising, along with the introduction of radio and the use of premiums and coupons, brought the popularity of blue bird china to new heights.

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Shortly after the Civil War, the country’s large retailers implemented the use of coupons as a marketing tool. Companies like The Grand Union Tea Company, and The Larkin Soap Company were among the first to introduce the use of premiums. These premiums started out as free items available with the purchase of products. Later on, a small cash out alongside a required number of coupons were implemented to redeem the items. The bluebird china dinnerware started out as premiums making them available to every American.

What started out as premium items are now coveted collector’s item with prices ranging from affordable to quite expensive depending on the design and condition of the piece.

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Bluebirds

March 5, 2014

 Bluebirds are a group of medium sized thrush birds from the genus Sialia of the thrush family. They are mostly insectivorous or omnivorous, with their favorite foods including crickets, grasshoppers, katydids, and beetles. Other foods include spiders, earthworms, millipedes, sow bugs, centipedes and snails. During the winter, hackberry seeds, dogwood, wild grape and hawthorn are often eaten. They usually perch on posts, low branches and wires scanning for their prospective food and then drop down and then eat the insects or berries that have fallen on the ground.

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Bluebirds have blue or blue and rose-beige plumage, the female bluebirds are less brightly colored than the males and there is no noticeable difference between their sizes. They are very territorial and prefer scattered trees and open grassland. The males are the ones who identify nesting spots and try to attract prospective mates by singing and by flapping their wings and if the female accepts the mating she would build the nest and incubate the eggs.

(Interested in more bluebird articles, see our links below for more great information.)

Mountain Bluebirds  http://vbelleblog.com/2016/11/03/mountain-bluebirds/

Bluebird China History: http://vbelleblog.com/2014/03/07/bluebird-china-history/

Vintage Bluebird Greetings!  http://vbelleblog.com/2014/11/29/vintage-bluebird-greetings/

Bluebird Search  http://vbelleblog.com/?s=bluebird

Common predators of the bluebirds included domestic cat, raccoons and snakes as well as the non-native American Crow, Common Starling and House Sparrow. Bluebirds of all ages are threatened by rattle snakes and other large predators. They usually suffer heavy losses when a persistent predator finds their nests.

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About 30 years ago, there was a noticeable decline in the bluebirds’ population likely caused by the unsuccessful competition for nesting cavities with starlings and house sparrows. This decline prompted bird lovers and bird feeders to help in the conservation of the species by setting up platforms for feeding and in the creation of nest boxes.

An average bluebird has a life span of 6 to 10 years, the longest recorded lifespan was 10 years and 5 months however young bluebirds could die within the first year of their life due to harsh winter conditions, attacks from predators and starvation.

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 Of all the birds, the bluebirds are a favorite among gardeners. They are the most helpful birds to gardeners as they are voracious insect eaters and can quickly get rid of pests and insects on plants. Gardeners work long and hard to attract bluebirds to stay in the garden for long periods of time. In popular culture the bluebird has been made a symbol of happiness and cheer. They have also inspired patterns on china and several other items.

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The Great Egret

August 20, 2015

The Great Egret also known as the common egret, large egret is a large, widely distributed egret. This  S-necked white bird is found throughout the Americas and around much of the world. In North America it is more widely distributed, and it is ubiquitous across the Sun Belt of the United States and in the Neotropics. Great Egrets are tall, long-legged wading birds with long, S-curved necks and long, dagger-like bills. In flight, the long neck is tucked in and the legs extend far beyond the tip of the short tail. All feathers on a Great Egret are white while their bills are yellowish orange and their legs are black.

Great egrets are found near water, salt or fresh, and feed in wetlands, streams, ponds, tidal flats, and other areas. They snare prey by walking slowly or standing still for long periods, waiting for an animal to come within range of their long necks and blade-like bills. The deathblow is delivered with a quick thrust of the sharp bill, and the prey is swallowed whole.

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Common food staple is fish but they use the same technique  to eat amphibians, reptiles, mice, and other small animals. You’ll find Great Egrets in both freshwater and saltwater habitats. These birds nest in trees, near water and gather in groups called colonies, which may include other heron or egret species. They are monogamous, and both parents incubate their three to four eggs. Young egrets are aggressive towards one another in the nest, and stronger siblings often kill their weaker kin so that not all survive to fledge in two to three weeks.

The Great Egret’s beautiful breeding feathers where in huge demand for hat decorations during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Great Egret made a comeback after early conservationists put a stop to the slaughter and protected its colonies; as a result, this bird became the symbol of the National Audubon Society.

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European Robin

August 14, 2015

The European robin most commonly known in Anglophone Europe simply as robin is a small passerine bird. It can be found throughout many parts of Europe and is the most easily recognized by the people. It has an orange-red breast and face, olive-brown wings and back, a white to light-brown belly. You can sometimes see a blue-grey fringe around the bottom part of the robin’s red breast patch. European robins have brown legs and their tail is bluntly square. They have large, black eyes and a small black bill.

The sexes are very similar, if not identical, though some texts suggest that the brown forehead is “V” shaped in females, and “U” shaped in males, though even this is not always apparent. They have a brown bill and legs.

The juvenile Robin has speckled buff-brown upper parts and underparts. They have no red feathers so that adult birds do not attack them in territorial disputes. The speckled feathers are lost in a partial moult when the bird is about two to three months old.

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European robins have a lovely warm, warble that consists of a melodic rippling of notes. In autumn and winter, some say their song becomes more mournful and melancholy than it is in spring and summer. Their call is a sharp, highly pitched ‘twick’ or ‘tick’ that can be repeated in a series of rapid outbursts. This call is used as a warning signal or as a proclamation of their territory. European robins are notoriously territorial and can be quite aggressive to fellow members of their species who are unwelcome within their claimed plot of earth. During the spring and summer this territoriality is for breeding, but at other times individual robins hold territories for feeding.

The Robin’s diet is principally insects and worms, which it will normally catch by swooping, that is to say, snatching its prey on the ground after watching for movement from a perch above. They will also often follow a gardener that is digging the soil over for any easy pickings.

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When the male robin has found a mate, he will strengthen their bond by bringing the female food, such as worms and caterpillars, which she begs for noisily while quivering her wings and is often mistaken by the observer to be the mother feeding the young. Once the female has laid her eggs, she stays in the nest for up to two weeks, crouching low over them, well concealed with only her brown back visible.  The male brings her food, sometimes as often as three times in an hour. Robins breed from April through August.  After hatching, the young are ready to fledge in two weeks. As many as three broods may be raised in one year. European robins are not endangered or threatened and their populations are increasing in some parts of their range.

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Patriotic Bunting

July 3, 2015

I love beautiful houses decorated with patriotic bunting.  It’s fun, easy and not too time consuming to dress up your house for the patriotic holidays. =)

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Yarn Bird Feeder

May 1, 2015

If you don’t have a good use for your yarn scraps, you can put them out for the birds =).

Some species of birds, like sparrows, swallows and pigeons, will take a few scraps of your un-used yarn and weave it into their own nests.

Keep an eye out for colorful nests in your area!

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White Browed Rose Finch

April 11, 2015

The White Browed Rose finch is a large brightly colored rosefinch, both sexes with distinct plumage.  Male has deep ping rump and underparts, and a long pale supercilium tipped with white; pale pink or whitish tips to median coverts, slightly duller tips to greaters.  Female similar to other female rosefinches, but nominate has deep yellow rump and warm brown on breast (whiter in other races).

Habitat – Common in summer, found only at high altitudes between 7500 ft and 10000 ft, on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border and in Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet and Western China.

Data Source: Finches and Sparrows (by Peter Clement)

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Box windows are a fun way to bring the outdoors into your kitchen.  If you’re quite handy, you can take on this little project yourself!

Step 1: Construct the Box

Cut wood to size. Window boxes are generally slightly wider than the window frame. One materials option: pressure-treated plywood. Cut 45-degree angles on all ends. Use wood glue in corners. Follow with 2″ deck screws. To trim window box, glue and nail 1×1 molding to the front of window box and then cut two cross patterns for the box. To attach cross fretwork, cut two battens to size. Hold battens diagonally on the box. One goes from upper right corner to center of lower fretwork, and the other goes from upper left corner to center of lower fretwork. Mark the angles on the battens so they will fit between the horizontal and vertical frame. Cut, glue and nail battens into place. Cut two more battens to create two more diagonals. Cut them in half and cut them to fit. Glue and nail battens in place.

Step 2: Provide Drainage

To provide drainage for the window box, drill holes in the bottom of it. A forester bit makes very clean cuts. Water will drain easily and this will help avoid root rot.

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