Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird
 (Sialia arctcia)

The Mountain Bluebird is the state bird of Idaho.  I captured this male Mountain Bluebird in late April, during our first camping trip of the season, at  Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.  He was such a beautiful, striking blue!  I was just amazed at seeing him.  We've lived in Idaho for a while and I've never gotten close enough for a decent photo of one of these birds and I've usually only seen the female.  We were walking on a nature trail when I spotted him.  I saw his mate, too.  The female is more of a gray with blue on it's wings and tail.


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