May 31, 2015 by: Ann Harwood
Western Bluebirds at the National Bison Range near Bear Spirit Lodge
Western Bluebird Singing His Song
Western Bluebirds live in open forests & are frequently seen in Western Montana. The brilliant blue color is so vivid with a rusty range color underside. The male bluebird's colors help him to attract a female. The female is more gray, & her colors help her to hide from predators.
The male bluebird's colors help him to attract a female. When nesting time comes, the male shows off to the female by finding an ideal nesting place. It might be an old woodpecker hole or nesting box put up by a person. He sits by the spot & flashes his beautiful colors.
She finally follows him to the hole, & becomes his mate. She builds the nest by herself weaving together pine needles & grasses. She lays blue eggs, 1 per day up to 5 days. She sits on the eggs for about 2 weeks, & the male brings her worms & food.
When the chicks hatch, their eyes are closed & their mouths are open saying, "Feed me, feed me." Each mate helps to feed the babies. Their favorite foods are worms, insects, berries & other fruits.
When the babies are 2-3 weeks old, they are old enough to look out the nest hole. The parents leave food a little way from the nest, so the babies start to go for the food. One by one the babies start to fly to nearby trees. Come to Bear Spirit Lodge B&B this summer. Visit the nearby National Bison Range & Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge for experiences in our spectacular, unspoiled nature.