Harbinger of Spring

The bluebird enjoys the preeminence of being the first bit of color that cheers our northern landscape. The other birds that arrive about the same time–the sparrow, the robin, the phoebe-bird–are clad in neutral tints, gray, brown, or russet; but the bluebird brings one of the primary hues and the divinest of them all.

– John Burroughs, Wake Robin, first published in 1871

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Three male eastern bluebirds outside our window at the beginning of yesterday’s snow storm.

As long as there are bluebirds, there will be miracles and a way to find happiness.

– Shirl Brunnel, I Hear Bluebirds, 1988

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