A Boutique Montana Bed and Breakfast Experience
March 31, 2015
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.