Tangled Up in Bluebirds
Andy and his dogs and I were on the upper reaches of South Boulder Trail not far from where it hooks up with the Mesa Trail Tuesday morning. A light snow had settled on the pines along the Flatirons, and temps were crisp in the high teens.
We came to a meadow with several ponderosa pines on either side of the trail. The meadow grasses were still brown, but suddenly we could see little flecks of bright blue color all around the trail. Dozens of them leaping around in the grass.
They were mountain bluebirds.
As ace birder Joe Prentice wrote in the Camera today, mountain bluebirds can be found all year round in Colorado, but March is when many start returning from their southern roosts. The bright blue birds are males; females are a more grayish color.
No doubt hunting was good in this area on this morning. Mountain bluebirds love open spaces and sit on low perches looking for insects. They often hover over their prey.
And delight those of us who appreciate very cheap thrills.