In nature there are infinite colors and birds often carry the most brilliant. The blue bird is Missouri's state bird but I saw only a couple of them during the summer. So imagine my surprise last week when I saw several blue bird fledglings in the back yard. There were two males and two females and they were all splashing around in the bird bath at the same time. Frisky little kids! As I looked around the yard I also saw a female blue jay fledgling, a young male cardinal, a pair of goldfinches, and several wren fledglings. It seemed like an aviary nursery!
Of course I wanted photos, but in trying to sneak out onto the deck with the camera and a looonnng lens, they all flew away. I waited patiently and it paid off. A few of the little ones came back, in particular this little guy. The morning was a little cloudy, a bit chilly, but it didn't stop him from dipping into the bird bath again and I was able to catch him fluffing out his damp feathers. The thrill of catching action shots like this kept me out there for about 30 minutes, but the others didn't come back. It was a few more days before I saw some of the kiddos again, but not since. It's nearly time for them to migrate. When I saw these guys I guess they just weren't quite ready for the trip because they were pigging out on the bird feed!
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