The Resilient Bluebird

We first saw her in 2014.  Fluttering about, we noticed a little bluebird that seemed to be awkward and clumsy as if not sure how to land.  Then we noticed her leg – one of her legs was broken – completely bent backwards.   We wondered how long she would survive in the winter with a leg like that.

To our amazement, she not only survived, but somehow seemed to thrive.  Most of the time she seemed to look better than a lot of the other bluebirds we saw, so we know she was finding shelter somewhere.

Each time I see her, it brings a smile to my face.   She grew stronger and learned how to land better and seemed to be able to balance better on her one good leg.  Every time I see her, I am amazed by her strength and beauty.  We always try to have food for her in the window feeder she could easily land in.

In the winter when it was busy at the feeders, she seemed to come early and late, as if trying to beat the feeding rush.   She would patiently wait on the fence until the window feeder wasn’t busy with other birds.

We don’t see her as much now.   It had been at least a couple of weeks since we saw her, then finally on 4/26 – we saw her again, but only for a few minutes.

The Resilient Bluebird


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