Billie Silvey is a native Columbia resident who enjoys photography and has fun making note cards with her photos.
As my husband, Jim, and I were finishing our lunch one day, I looked out our sliding glass door and noticed a bird on our deck railing. It looked like it had something in its mouth so I got my camera and went out on the deck. I slowly inched along, taking pictures as I advanced toward the bird. I was amazed that I got within a few feet of the bird without it moving away. As luck would have it, the camera battery died and I ran inside to replace it, only to find it had flown away. When I printed the pictures I discovered the bird had a feather in its beak and it never dropped it while on the railing.
I didn't recognize the bird as I had never seen a young one like it, so I contacted a columnist who sometimes writes articles on birds and I was told it was a fledgling bluebird.
It is always a treat to view nature up close, and I will always have these photos (and others I took) to remember my wonderful experience with the bluebird.
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