National Geographic : 1936 Apr
SOME SONGSTERS AND FLYERS OF WIDE REPUTE Q) IN ational 1jeograpnic society BRILLIANTLY ATTIRED BLUEBIRDS ANNOUNCE SPRING'S ARRIVAL In gay costume the eastern bluebird (upper group, male, young, and female) follows the robin north to "pipe in" warm weather. Devoted "family man," the bluebird often lodges in a box placed among fruit trees by the wise orchardist who knows his feathered guests will feed on injurious insects. The western bluebird perched outside its home, with the female about to carry in grass for the nest, is marked by reddish back as well as breast. The striking cerulean blue of the mountain bluebird (center right, female right) is seen in the West. The slinking of the drab catbird (below) through thickets is even more feline than its " mew."