Documentation of Eastern Bluebird

Observer Information

Reporter:  Mike Henwood   
Other Observers:  none; Yes

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Eastern Bluebird
First Date/Time:  11/6/2008
Last Date/Time: 
Duration (total time in view):  approx. 60 -90 seconds
County:  Jefferson
Specific Location:  The parking lot of the Chatfield Wetlands on South Wadsworth.
Number:  2
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Multiple Birds - Mixed
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


Russian Olive trees on the edge of the parking lot. Some Cottonwoods nearby

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  Stokes DLS Vortex 8x42
Distance:  Originally about 150 feet, then moved to about 75 feet
Light:  Somewhat hazy but the sun was behind me as Iobserved the birds so I had fairly good light.

Description of the Bird

I saw the birds across the parking lot at some distance and noticed the distinctly white belly on the male bluebird. I then walked toward the birds and had a good look at the male with the blue crown, orange throat, and white belly. I didn't pay as much attention to the drab female but did notice the lighter blue back, orange sides, and white on neck and belly.
Behaviors: The birds were feeding in a Russian Olive tree before flying away.
Call: N/A
Plumage: adult male and drab female

Similar Species Discussion

Seeing the white belly immediately alerted me that the Birds were Eastern Bluebirds and not Western. Was able to walk toward the birds and confirm my suspicions.

Resources Used


Previous Experience

Very familiar with all 3 bluebirds species



Additional Information

Time: approx. 8:30 A.M.
Other Dates:
Nearest Town: Lakewood/Littleton
Independent Observers: Yes

Materials Available

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Date Documentation Submitted

12/30/2008 6:38:00 AM