This young Mountain Bluebird chick was photographed last summer at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Montana. I’m not sure where these bluebirds nested at the campground at the Lower Lake but I know it had to be nearby because the two chicks I observed were just starting the process of learning to fly and could barely make it up to the fence rails. The adults were nearby and bringing food to the chicks but they appeared to be using the prey as an incentive to fly up to the top rail of the fence during most of the time that I observed and photographed them.
I’m starting to miss the Centennial Valley and Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. I love winter but these gray days lately seem to be causing my longing for spring’s arrival to intensify.
Life is good.