Monday, March 31, 2008

Birds-in-Flight: Eastern Bluebird

The Eastern Bluebird is now observed many times throughout the day at the bird box. Sometime soon, I will attempt to get some photos of the nest building.
In the meantime, I thought I would continue our birds-in-flight series with the bluebird's flight from being perched on top of the box to perched on the box opening.
As you can see, the bluebird simply leans forwards and falls off the top of the box. The bluebird uses its half extended wings to slow its fall and to turn around to face the box opening. The bluebird then takes a wing stroke (not shown - sorry) to fly up to the opening.
This flight behavior of leaning forward and falling into flight and then flight up to a landing perch is consistent with the flight photos presented earlier for the woodpeckers, cardinals, and blue jay.

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