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Mountain Bluebird Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: Mountain Bluebirds have got to be one of the most drop-dead gorgeous songbirds in North America. That unique sky-blue plumage just always pops from the surrounding landscape when you see one. Alas, it's typically a 5-hour drive from our part of eastern South Dakota before we can reasonably expect to see one, although we did have one quite lost bird that was found just a mile from our house in 2020! But we see them every time we visit the Black Hills. That includes my favorite Mountain Bluebird photo below, taken on a family vacation when we were staying in a cabin near Pringle, South Dakota in June of 2020.

Mountain Bluebird - Sialia currucoides

Mountain Bluebird 1 - Sialia currucoides Mountain Bluebird 2 - Sialia currucoides Mountain Bluebird 3 - Sialia currucoides Mountain Bluebird 4 - Sialia currucoides

Mountain Bluebird 1

May 25th, 2008
Custer State Park, South Dakota

Mountain Bluebird 2

May 25th, 2008
Custer State Park, South Dakota

Mountain Bluebird 3

May 25th, 2008
Custer State Park, South Dakota

Mountain Bluebird 4

July 23rd, 2011
North Cave Hills, South Dakota

Mountain Bluebird 5 - Sialia currucoides

Mountain Bluebird 6 - Sialia currucoides

Mountain Bluebird 7 - Sialia currucoides

Mountain Bluebird 8 - Sialia currucoides

Mountain Bluebird 5

July 23rd, 2011
North Cave Hills, South Dakota

Mountain Bluebird 6

July 23rd, 2011
North Cave Hills, South Dakota

Mountain Bluebird 7

July 23rd, 2011
North Cave Hills, South Dakota

Mountain Bluebird 8

September 1st, 2018
Custer State Park, South Dakota
Mountain Bluebird 9 - Sialia currucoides  Mountain Bluebird 10 - Sialia currucoides  Mountain Bluebird 11 - Sialia currucoides  Mountain Bluebird 12 - Sialia currucoides 

Mountain Bluebird 9

July 13th, 2019
Roby Canyon, Black Hills, South Dakota

Mountain Bluebird 10

July 13th, 2019
Roby Canyon, Black Hills, South Dakota
 

Mountain Bluebird 11

June 24th, 2020
Near Pringle, South Dakota

Mountain Bluebird 12

June 24th, 2020
Near Pringle, South Dakota
 
Mountain Bluebird 13 - Sialia currucoides  Mountain Bluebird 14 - Sialia currucoides     

Mountain Bluebird 13

June 24th, 2020
Near Pringle, South Dakota
 

Mountain Bluebird 14

May 14th, 2016
Near LaCreek National Wildlife Refuge, South Dakota
   

Click here for the species description page for the Mountain Bluebird.


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