Dancing Bluebird

From the moment this flashy male Mountain Bluebird landed on a weathered and sun-bleached Montana fencepost he seemed hyped-up and twitchy.

 

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He looked me over carefully to make sure I was trustworthy…

 

 

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and then began a performance I’d never before witnessed.  He’d raise his wings and then…

 

 

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drop them.

 

 

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Several times he came completely off the perch.

 

 

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At times he looked like he was performing a dosey doe.

 

 

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He ended with a flourish by spreading his tail.

I’m unsure of what prompted this display.  There was a bit of a breeze but I don’t believe it was enough to destabilize him on the perch.  His mate was in the vicinity and perhaps he was displaying for her or maybe it was some kind of territorial visual cue for other bluebirds.  I simply don’t know.

But if he was really dancing I didn’t hear the music…

Ron

Note:  I’m on the road again and will be for much of the week.  I’ll have no computer access on this trip so I won’t be able to respond to any comments that may be made (though I do get them via phone email and enjoy reading them while I’m in the field).

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