Students are asked to read nonfiction, take notes, and then use those notes to produce nonfiction writing. Not so easy as it seems…here is my attempt.
A bluebird is a kind of thrush that is easily recognized by its blue coloring. The male is a bright blue, and the female is mostly gray with blue touches on the tips of the wings and tails. Both male and female have rusty red coloring on their breast. Bluebirds have long wings, a short tail, and a round head. They sit up straight as they perch on fences, wires and low branches. Their favorite spots are open places where they can easily see the ground to look for food, places such as parks, golf courses, or backyards.
Bluebirds eat insects, including caterpillars, crickets, beetles and grasshoppers. When a meal is spotted, the birds drop quickly down to the ground to snatch up their prey. Sometimes they might try to catch an insect in midair. In the fall and winter they will perch in a fruit tree and eat berries. Bluebirds have been seen eating lizards, salamanders, and tree frogs, but this does not happen often.
In the early 1900’s bluebird populations became smaller because of bigger and more aggressive birds using nest holes and leaving no room for bluebirds. Concerned bird lovers began to make nest boxes for bluebirds and place them in the open areas where the birds like to live, and today the number of bluebirds has increased.
Bluebirds build their nests in protected empty holes, such as an abandoned woodpecker’s hole or a nest box. A male bluebird begins the nest building process by taking grasses in the hole and fluttering his wings on a perch outside near the hole. This activity will attract a female, who comes and completes the nest by placing pine needles, grasses, feather and even bits of animal hair or fur.
People can help insure that bluebirds will not disappear from our landscape by making sure they have nest boxes and other places for nest building and laying their eggs.
How wonderful that we usually include photographs in nonfiction texts. Even though there are none here, I hope you can “see” some now.