Ontogenic sequence of eastern bluebirds, Sialia sialis, from hatching to fledging. These beautiful songbirds nest in my yard every spring, and this year I wanted to record the process by taking a photograph every day as they grew. Bluebirds are very tolerant of humans, but even so I was careful to not disturb them, and since we have a slotted box (rather than a circular opening box), it was easy to slip my phone in and check up on them unobtrusively.
It is truly fascinating to watch, on a daily basis, the ability of nature to convert insects and worms so elegantly into feathers, bone and flesh.
OK OK this is kinda dumb but Over the Garden Wall is amazing and awesome and great for everything it’s got but it’s actually super double fantastic because THEY CLEARLY LOOKED AT THEIR BIRDS!
LOOKIT BEATRICE! CARTOON GIRL EASTERN BLUEBIRD!
AND LOOK! REAL GIRL EASTERN BLUEBIRD!!
THEY GOT THE SPECIES-SPECIFIC FEMALE COLORS RIGHT!!
SO MANY CARTOONS NEVER GET THE COLORS RIGHT!!
IT’S ALWAYS: “BLUEBIRD? WHAT DO YOU MEAN THERE’S THREE AMERICAN BLUEBIRD SPECIES? AND THEY’RE ALL VISUALLY DISTINCT FROM EACH OTHER?? AND THE FEMALES LOOK DIFFERENT FROM THE MALES??? LET’S JUST MAKE IT BLUE BECAUSE WE CAN’T BE BOTHERED FOR ACCURACY!”
BUT NO!! THEY WENT THROUGH THE TIME AND EFFORT TO DESIGN AND ANIMATE EASTERN BLUEBIRDS!!! AND SPECIFICALLY EASTERN BLUEBIRDS!!! NOT WESTERN OR MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS!! EASTERN ONES! AND THEY EVEN GOT THE COLORS RIGHT FOR NON-BREEDING SEASON BLUEBIRDS!!! NO CARTOONS HAVE EVER BOTHERED WITH THAT!!!
ORNITHOLOGISTS!!! FELLOW BIRD NERDS!!! WATCH THIS SHOW!!! YOU WON’T SLAM YOUR HEAD IN FRUSTRATION THAT THE BIRDS ARE WRONG! EVERYTHING IS RIGHT!!