Out West Birds(Part 5)

Safe in a Silo

Several nesting pairs of Mountain Bluebirds created nests in this old brick silo from an 1880’s 125 acre homestead in Littleton, CO. Photo taken by a Denver Audubon Naturalist. Sharing space with Western Bluebirds also.

Sacajawea Audubon Bluebird Trail

These photos are from our bluebird trail of 100+ nest boxes, NW of Bozeman, MT. This trail was started in the early 1970s and is monitored by chapter volunteers. NOTE: We have Federal and State permits to band and handle cavity nesting species.

Mountain Bluebird

Female mountain bluebird busy building her nest.

A Lone Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebirds in Nest

A Bluebird nest at my cabin at work. They hatched and flew off on July 4th. I have seen them, perched together on the fence rails and trail signs.

Tree Swallow pair enters Mt Bluebird active nest

Tree Swallow pair enters Mountain Bluebird active nest of 6 nestlings

Mountain Bluebird nest

In the Bighorn mountains 30 miles east of Lovell WY at 8’990 feet elevation.

Mountain Bluebird Family

Nest Site located in Dillon Preserve, Dillon, CO

Wyoming High Country Lodge

July 22nd nest inspection revealed four healthy and fully feathered Mountain Bluebird chicks and one unhatched egg remaining in the nest.

Mountain Bluebirds at Wyoming High Country Lodge

Nest Box 1 on July 14th. We have 4 birds remaining. Not sure where the fifth bird went.

Mountain Bluebird at 8,990 feet

The progress of our Mountain Bluebird nestbox so far this year. We want these birds around because aside from being beautiful, they eat a lot of mosquitos. Of the three boxes around our high altitude meadow only this box attracted a nesting pair of birds. The other two boxes remain empty.
We are 30 miles east of Lovell Wyoming at 8,990 feet in the Bighorn National forest.

Mt Bluebirds

4/16/16 – spring snowstorm in Colorado

Female Mt Bluebird

Female Mountain Bluebird located on my Bluebird Trail, Lake Dillon Reservoir, Dillon, Colorado

MOBL with Spider

My first year as a nest box monitor. Under the supervision of Susanne Maidment, a very experienced bander, I was able to capture and band my first male MOBL. I saw him enter his nest box. Susanne said, “Why don’t you try to capture him!: A short, fast run later I blocked the entrance, lifted the lid and captured this VERY calm fellow. Banded him then released him. He flew back to the nest and delivered the spider to one of the young. He held onto this spider for the whole ordeal of capture, band and photo which must have taken 3 or 4 minutes. Love this picture

My Bird Boxes

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology