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Kelly DuMar

Thanks for the interesting posting about the bluebird! I'm interested in the folklore and myth aspect of the bird in doing some research for a short play I'm writing. www.diarydoor.typepad.com/riverwoods

GreenmanTim

Utterly enchanted. Thanks, Miss C! And best to the Master of the Valley.

Miss Chestnuts

His soft warble melts the ear, as the snow is melting in the valleys around. The bluebird comes and with his warbles drills the ice and sets from the rivers and ponds and frozen ground.
- Henry D. Thoreau, March 2, 1859

Thou first sky-dipped spring-bud of song, Whose heavenly ecstasy Foretells the May while yet March winds are strong...
- Maurice Thompson, An Early Bluebird, 1892

They make their nests in holes of trees, are harmless birds, and resemble our robin-redbreast.
- Mark Catesby, Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands, 1722

Is there any sign of spring quite so welcome as the glint of the first bluebird unless it is his softly whistled song? No wonder the bird has become the symbol for happiness. Before the farmer begins to plough the wet earth, often while snow is still on the ground, this hardy little minstrel is making himself very much at home in our orchards and gardens while waiting for a mate to arrive from the South.
- Neltje Blanchan, Birds Worth Knowing, 1917

....and may all your blues be birds.

(all from one of my favorite websites, sialis.org)

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