Bluebird Quotes and Quotations J – Z
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Bird quotes about and referencing bluebirds
1.any of several small North American songbirds of the genus Sialia, having predominantly blue plumage, as the eastern S. sialis, which has a blue back and a reddish-brown breast.
3.( usually initial capital letter ) a member of Camp Fire, Inc., who is between the ages of six and eight.
World English Dictionary
1. any North American songbird of the genus Sialia , having a blue or partly blue plumage: subfamily Turdinae (thrushes)
2. fairy bluebird any songbird of the genus Irena , of S and SE Asia, having a blue-and-black plumage: family Irenidae
3. any of various other birds having a blue plumage
Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and Spring. If there is no response in you to the awakening of nature, if the prospect of an early morning walk does not banish sleep, if the warble of the first bluebird does not thrill you, know..
– Henry David Thoreau
Most of what I’ve learned about bluebirds is from friends I’ve never met except on the Internet.
– Bet Zimmerman, 2007
Nothing brightens up a winter day like a bluebird in the snow atop a nestbox.
– Linda Ruth, Bluebird_L, 2006
O bluebird, welcome back again, Thy azure coat and ruddy vest, Are hues that April loveth best….
– John Burroughs, The Bluebird
One of the earliest comers, the Bluebird is gladly welcomed as the harbinger of Spring….
– John B. Grant, Our Common Birds and How to Know Them, 1891
Since we’ve been able to create that artificial cavity – boom. The bluebird came back. It’s a key factor in the whole process.
– Gary Springer
So the Bluebirds have contracted, have they, for a house? And a next is under way for little Mr. Wren?” “Hush, dear, hush! Be quiet, dear! quiet as a mouse. These are weighty secrets, and we must whisper them.
– Susan Coolidge (pseudonym of Sarah Chauncey Woolsey)
So why do I kill sparrows and not much else? Because I’d rather have a dead sparrow than a dead bluebird.
– Dottie Roseboom, 2004
Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly. Birds fly over the rainbow, why, then oh why can’t I?
– Words by Edgard Y. Harburg, Over the Rainbow, from the film Wizard of Oz, 1939
Spread the bluebird word!
– Greg & Terry Tellier
The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
– Henry David Thoreau quotes
The Eastern Bluebird was very conspicuous during the calm, warm ‘Indian summer’ days of late October–such weather was called ‘bluebird weather’ by local sportsmen.
– Milton B. Trautman (1940) quoted in A.C. Bent’s Life Histories of North American Birds
The mother bluebird had laid her full complement of eggs and was beginning to set, when one day, as her mate was perched above her on the barn, along came a boy with one of those wicked elastic slings and cut him down with a pebble. There he lay like a bit of sky fallen upon the grass.
– John Burroughs, The Bluebird, 1867
The note of lament which is so plainly expressed in the Bluebird’s abbreviated warble as it prepares to follow the retreating summer, brings a sympathetic echo from many a human heart.
– Birds of America, George Gladden, 1917
The soft mellow warble of the bluebird, heard at its best throughout spring and early summer, is one of the sweetest, most confiding and loving sounds in nature.
– Thomas Roberts, Birds of Minnesota, 1932
The spring and summer song of the bluebird is a soft and often repeated warble: in the month of October, his song changes to a single plaintive note.
– Encyclopedia Americana, 1849
The story of the bluebird’s trials is a poignant one, beautiful enough to make you weep.
– Andre Dion, The Return of the Bluebird, 1981
This is one of the earliest birds to arrive in the spring; it is a question which we are likely to meet first, the Bluebird or the Robin, but not infrequently a flash of the cerulean color tells us the Bluebird has won in the race northward.
– F. Schuyler Mathews, 1904 Field Book of Wild Birds and Their Music
To many the bluebird is the favorite of all birds.
– Frank G. Ashbrook, The Green Book of Birds of America, 1931
Today…the bluebirds, old and young, have revisited their box, as if they would fain repeat the summer without intervention of winter, if Nature would let them.
– Henry D. Thoreau, 9/29/1842
We celebrate the beautiful bluebird as a symbol of love, hope and happiness.
– Larry Zeleny
What is really incredible about bluebirding is that there are as many ways to bluebird as there are bluebirders!
– Haleya Priest, 2000
What really makes my day is to get up early in the morning, just as the sun comes up, and hear bluebirds….
– Jack Finch
When bluebirds fledge from my nestboxes I hope and pray a little that they will search out someone in desperate need of The Bluebird Of Happiness!
– Keith Kridler, Bluebird_L, 2008
When Nature made the bluebird she wished to propitiate both the sky and the earth, so she gave him the color of the one on his back and the hue of the other on his breast, and ordained that his appearance in spring should denote that the strife and war between these two elements was at an end. He is the peace-harbinger; in him the celestial and terrestrial strike hands and are fast friends. He means the furrow and he means the warmth; he means all the soft, wooing influences of the spring on the one hand, and the retreating footsteps of winter on the other.
– John Burroughs, The Bluebird, 1867
When you see a bluebird, it just takes your breath away.
– Barbara Clark of Bickleton
Whither away, Bluebird, Whither away? The blast is chill, yet in the upper sky Thou still canst find the color of thy wing, The hue of May. Warbler, why speed, thy southern flight? ah, why, Thou, too, whose song first told us of the Spring? Whither away?
– Edmund C. Stedman, The Flight of Birds (1833-1908)
Who does not welcome the beloved Bluebird and all that his coming implies? His cheery warble, heard at first as a mere wandering voice in the sky, heralds returning spring …. Snow may still lie in patches or drift in flurries; but when the Bluebird comes we know that spring is near.
– John B. May, abridgment to A Natural History of American Birds of Eastern and Central North America, 1930’s