There are bluebirds here in the Hudson Valley. They appear to be resident and they are not in the least bit unusual. I clearly remember the first time I saw them flitting around my yard. Although I'd never seen a bluebird in my life I recognized them immediately, what else could they be? They looked like the little birds that dressed Sleeping Beauty and I felt like I might have fallen into a Disney special. They are quiet little birds, extremely blue with peach breast feathers. I first saw them in the spring and was surprised to still see them when the weather turned very cold. The silly phrase "bluebird of happiness" comes to mind. They are pretty and bright and not obviously aggressive like other birds I could name. So if they are a good omen, and why not think so, I'm glad they stick around all year long.
The image above is a 9 x 12 inch (23 x 30cm) watercolor and gouache painting.
It's available here:
The images below are small studies for "Bluebirds in a Country Setting."
They are also watercolor and gouache, 6 x 6 inches (15 x 15cm). They are available here:
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