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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #90 on: September 20, 2021, 01:59:52 AM »

... a list of 'some' suppliers, continued

Hole Reducers ("Squirrel Tooth Benders")
("Squirrel Tooth Benders" are not a trap. To prevent HOSP entry, use smaller than 1.25")
DIY solution: put metal tacks around edge of hole.

The Bird Watcher's General Store (under "birdhouses")
Bluebird Nut - also carries Peterson oval hole guards.
Erva.com - (Nature House) round, metal
Call Wild Bird Crossing at 508 347-BIRD
Wild Bird Habitat Store
Wild Birds Unlimited (request reduced price for bulk order) "doesn't appear to  be available through their website'
1.5" sizes from:
A Bird's Home
Anything Bluebirds
Homes for Bluebirds (copper)

HOSP Deterrent - House Sparrow, Magic Halo
Sparrow Free Magic Halo Repeller. Bird-X used to make them, and Wild Bird Habitat stores and Amazon carried them, but nobody seems to have them anymore. You would have to make your own - see http://www.sialis.org/halo.htm

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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #91 on: September 20, 2021, 02:01:49 AM »

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Nestboxes and accessories
List NABS approved boxes here. See info on nestbox styles pros and cons. NOTE THAT BOXES THAT DO NOT OPEN FOR MONITORING ARE NOT RECOMMENDED!
Check first with a state or local bluebird society. Wildlife-related non-profit organizations may offer basic NABS-style boxes as low as the $5-8 to $25 price range. Some organizations may also offer volume discounts. Sales from bluebird societies help bluebirds!


Ahlgren Construction Company - Original Peterson style. Sadly, Dave Ahlgren passed away in 2007 and his boxes are no longer available.
Andrew Troyer's: The Bird's Paradise, 20835 Morris Road, Conneautville, PA 16406
(800) 872-0103
Backyard Bird Lover: Gilbertson nestbox (made by Merlin Lehman 574-825-8739 then #1, sold through Amazon)
Best Nest - search for "Rubicon" to see boxes made of recycled plastic - supposedly will last 100 years.
Birdhouse Chick - in Georgia. Bluebird houses, feeders, and bird baths, leaf misters. Also live worms limited to certain areas. Overnight shipping for $9.95 for some areas. Note: Boxes that do not open for monitoring are NOT recommended by NABS.
Birding Depot - note: sells open top "Bauldry" boxes no longer recommended by NABS.
Birds-I-View: small business also has gifts, great little chickadee boxes.
Bluebird Nut - Audubon, Rubicon, Coveside, Gilbertson, Gilwood, etc.
Bluebird Housing - rustic log houses with removable roofs
Bluebirds Across Nebraska - very reasonably priced, well made modified Gilbertson and Troyer boxes. Great quality, reasonably priced Gilwood box with a neat rubber hinge at the bottom of the door.
Joe Finn Boxes: boxes with ventilation, predator protection and sparrow traps, etc. (617) 876-9168
Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania - very reasonable prices and sales help bluebirds. They sell Troyer and Gilbertson boxes. I have gotten starlings in their Troyer, and found it hard to set VanErt traps in them.
Duncraft.com
Forschner bit - source of 1 9/16" for making larger entrance holes on your own boxes.
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #92 on: September 20, 2021, 12:24:29 PM »

... a list of 'some' suppliers, continued
Nestboxes and accessories, continued

Gilbertson (and traps): Steve Gibertson no longer manufactures bluebird products. You can buy a Gilbertson PVC box sometimes at Amazon: buy Gilbertson PVC or get them from BRAW.
Homes for Bluebirds, Inc. Nice looking boxes by Jack Finch. Fax/mail in order (can't order online.) Comes with metal hole guard. Made of solid wood; roof covered with aluminuml for durability.
Kentucky Four Seasons Bluebird Nestboxes - Bill Freels, (270) 443-7985, w.freels"at"worldnet.att.net, cooperating wtih Jackson Purchase Audubon Society. Profits donated to Jackon Purchase. $20.00. Solid construction, innovative bowed fiberglass roof, adjustable plexiglass vent covers.
Ned's Nesting Boxes - handbuilt by a charter member of the Missouri Bluebird Society - nice quality, screws, large overhanging roofs, kerfs, comes with information sheet. Gilbertson boxes also available. 630.269.8267
Nestbox Builder - Fred Stille makes HIGH QUALITY standard NABS style boxes, X-boxes and a Gilwoods, and custom designs.
New York Bluebird Society - click on "for sale" link. Herman Bressler white pine bluebird nestbox (slightly larger than standard NABS box), oval or round hole.
North American Bluebird Society - not currently selling boxes. See other local bluebird societies listed here.
Peterson boxes: Bill Moore [email protected] (612) 280-8655; cell (651) 439-6158; address 12990 Otchipwe Ave North Stillwater MN 55082. He makes boxes like Dave Ahlgren (his neighbor) did, but with the rough edges smoothed down.
The Woodpecker - Gregory Seaford, 5380 Goodman Lake Rd, Salisbury, NC 28146, (704) 636-6238, ghseaford"at"carolina.rr.com (replace "@" with "at"). Southern yellow pine NABS style boxes. Nice to deal with, fast shipment (no hidden charges), willing to work with you want, will paint/stain. Also available on e-Bay.
Southern California Bluebird Club - hanging boxes $15 plus shipping and Purvis lifters
Troyer boxes - great price from Bluebirds Across Nebraska. These boxes are not preferred by House Sparrows.
Wild Bird Habitat Store
Wild Birds Unlimited - also offers pole with brace
Wild Wing Co.: various nestboxes and live traps
Woodstock CT: Teri Stohlberg, 860-481-9003, Audubon Society standard with hole guard and 1.5" round hole,

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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #93 on: September 20, 2021, 12:25:02 PM »

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Nestbox Cams
Birding Depot - Birdhouse Spy Cams under birdhouse accessories
The BirdShed.Com - Birdhouse Spy Cams, cable, computer connection, etc. 110% low price guarantee, but shipping on my first order was not fast, regular price on Hawkeye is not the lowest out there
Harborfreight.com - weatherproof security camera with night vision
Sams Club - Wisecom Color Infrared - cheap
Shaw Creek Bird Supply - color and black and white cams, also pre-installed in nestboxes.
Spyonabird used to sell solar/battery set ups, pre-installed in a box, but they closed in 2018.
Supercircuits - focus is on expensive security systems and wireless. Also have 110% low price guarantee. Website search function rots. Make sure you get an exterior cam.
The Bluebird Nut - Hawkeye and Wingscapes
TV Celeb-Birdies - Birdhouse Spy Cams
Windy City Parrot - Night Owl Night Vision cameras and accessories
Call Dave at (800) 764-8688. Decent set-up for less than $100 with a 50' wire that supplies power and transmits the signal back to a TV or computer. May not be infrared. (This info is from a Bluebird_L post)
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #94 on: September 20, 2021, 12:26:44 PM »

... a list of 'some' suppliers, continued

Mealworms
See 'Suppliers' post
Predator Baffles
See Suppliers

Solar Screen
SparrowTraps.net - ready made, adjustable, weather resistant. Additional mounts and rolls of mylar available.
Mylar: You can use Happy Birthday signs available at card shops/party stores, or buy "bird scare tape" from places like SparrowTraps.net or nursery supply houses.
Sparrow Chaser made by Gene Wasserman, sold through the Michigan Bluebird Society. Easy to install - I am testing them now. Mounts on the back of the box/roof edge, uses bird scare tape that attaches to a wire circle above the roof.
Sparrow Shield made by Gene Wasserman, sold through the Michigan Bluebird Society. Easy to install - I am testing them now. Mounts on the back of the box/roof edge, uses thick flourescent wire. Intended to function like a Magic Halo, which was developed to keep HOSP away from bird feeders.
Sparrow Spookers
See more extensive list of suppliers under HOSP Management. See Trap Review by Paula Z.

Suet
Avian Cuisine is a commercially available formulated wild bird diet. It is available as crumbles, logs, and blocks in three flavors. I have not tried it, but Felicia Lovelett of the MD Bluebird Society recommended it. http://www.natureskeepers.com/our_products.html
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #95 on: September 20, 2021, 12:27:37 PM »

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Traps - House Sparrow or starling
NESTBOX (Inbox) TRAPS (Also see DIY links) -
Bauldry Trap - sources
Bolt Trap: Order directly from Mel Bolt (Traps) at 1515 Crosswind Ct. Wooster, OH 44691. You can email him for information at mellen"at"sssnet.com (replace "at" with @).
Gilbertson Trap - BackyardBirdlover or PCMA
Homes for Bluebirds - Jack Finch
Peterson Trap - Ahlgren Construction Company 12989 Otchipwe Ave. N Stillwater, MN 55082 (651)430-0031
PMCA Insert Trap - Huber style, does NOT fit in all style nestboxes
Purple Martin house insert traps - other styles
Van Ert Traps - Floyd Van Ert - universal, PVC, urban (nestbox with trap installed).
GROUND TRAPS
Bird-B-Gone repeating trap - I have not tested this one.
Brad Biddle's trap with no moving parts. Nicely constructed, large door. Contact: yard1man"at"charter.net. NO LONGER MADE.
Cedar Valley Ground Trap is no longer available - Afton Cedar Works (run by Phil Leuthe) is closed.
Deluxe Repeating Sparrow Trap (DRST) by Blaine Johnson. Elevator trap, practically escape-proof. My personal favorite. $59.95 plus shipping based on location.
Bruce Jenkins trap. Formerly sold on eBay - no longer available?
Kness funnel trap - retails for about $60.
ST-1 - Purple Martin Conservation Association
PMCA Repeating Bait Trap - Purple Martin Conservation Association
Wire Sparrow Trap - Purple Martin Conservation Association
Troyer V-Top Trap Plans

Videos
See my post #88


Window clings

See 'Gifts' earlier in this list

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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #96 on: September 20, 2021, 12:31:13 PM »

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Gifts - also see Nature Related Gift Ideas
Of course a bird bath, or nestbox with a good basic bluebird book also make excellent presents. Also see a list of nature-related gift suggestions.

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Disney's Sing-A-Long Songs
Animal Den - labels, ornaments, coasters, flags, jewely, plush toy, puppets, sign, clothing, etc.
Bank Checks - Backyard Birds (also address labels) at www.checkgallery.com
Birds-I-View: small business owned by bluebirders with a lovely selection of gifts
Bluebird finger puppet Folkmanis Mini Bluebird Finger Puppet
Bluebird Key Chain - Wild Republic Eastern Bluebird Plush Clip, Stuffed Animal, Bird Toys for Kids, Birders, 4"
Bluebird Nut - jewelry, home decor, Mad Bluebird items, prints, cards, calendars, collectibles, etc. Bluebird Gift Shop - clothing, pictures, calendars, cards
Books - bluebirds, general birding, children's bluebird books
Bookmark - bluebird notecards. Bookmark, P.O.Box 335, Delafield, WI 53018 (414) 646-4499
Eastern Bluebird II, 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle Made by BuffaloBuffalo games - 500 piece puzzles
Breezy Singer Eastern Bluebird - realistic looking lifesize plastic, motion detector triggers song
Takara Tomy Bluebird Breezy Singers Outdoor Solar Powered (do not put outdoors as it may disturb nesting birds)
Clock - "Identiflyer" alarm desk clock with various bird sounds (on song cards) including bluebird
DEEP - (State of CT) - bluebird greeting cards in tin
Embroidery.com - patterns
Flags with bluebirds on them - various styles and sizes available
Glass bluebirds - hand-blown, Terra Studios
Willow Tree Happiness - ornament or figurine by Susan Lourdi with bluebirds on shoulder (one of my personal favorites)
Jim Rathert Photography - lovely mugs, mouse pads, coasters with original bird photography. 573.634.5446
License plates with bluebirds on them - Airstrikeinc.com
Michaelian Home - needlepoint pillow
Miles Kimball - Mad Bluebird items, calendar, swinging bluebirds
Nancy Bell of Gakona, Alaska - unique bluebird necklace. She does not have a website, but does have an email address: bell5"at"alaska.net (replace "@" with "at")
National Wildlife Federation (search for "bluebird) - Mad Bluebird apparel, ornaments, lamps, flatware, lamp, dinnerware, vase, etc.
Wild Republic Audubon Birds Eastern Bluebird Plush with Authentic Bird Sound, Stuffed Animal, Bird Toys for Kids and Birders- Singing plush bluebird toy
Wood Bird Online - lifesize, realistic basswood carving of bluebirds and other birds
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #97 on: September 21, 2021, 01:50:54 AM »

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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #98 on: September 21, 2021, 01:56:36 AM »

Native American Bluebird Mythology, continued

Bluebird and Coyote
Children's book based on the legend of how Bluebird got her color.
https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0749694211/natilangofthe-20

Birds of Algonquin Legend:
    Interesting collection of legends about bluebirds and other birds in Algonquian tribes.
https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0472106112/natilangofthe-20

Flights of Fancy: Birds in Myth, Legend, and Superstition:
https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0385342489/natilangofthe-20   A good book on the role of birds in world mythology, including North and South America.
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #99 on: September 21, 2021, 02:01:40 AM »

Native American folklore
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluebird_of_happiness

Among some Native Americans, the bluebird has mythological or literary significance.

According to the Cochiti tribe, the firstborn son of Sun was named Bluebird. In the tale "The Sun's Children", from Tales of the Cochiti Indians (1932) by Ruth Benedict, the male child of the sun is named Bluebird (Culutiwa).

The Navajo identify the mountain bluebird as a spirit in animal form, associated with the rising sun. The "Bluebird Song" is sung to remind tribe members to wake at dawn and rise to greet the sun:

Bluebird said to me,
"Get up, my grandchild.
It is dawn," it said to me.

The "Bluebird Song" is still performed in social settings, including the nine-day Ye'iibicheii winter Nightway ceremony, where it is the final song, performed just before sunrise of the ceremony's last day.

Most O'odham lore associated with the "bluebird" likely refers not to the bluebirds (Sialia) but to the blue grosbeak.[3]
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #100 on: September 28, 2021, 09:14:16 AM »

Why does Blue Bird Sing?
Bluebirds give this song in all seasons as a way of keeping in touch with each other or to signal nestlings that adults are bringing food. When bluebirds get too close to each other, they let each other know with a single, harsh screech.

What is the eastern bluebird?
Eastern bluebird. The eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis) is a small thrush found in open woodlands, farmlands, and orchards.

Do eastern bluebirds migrate for the winter?
Some Eastern Bluebirds migrate south in the winter and others can remain north. There is no fixed migration route for bluebirds. Like the American Robin they can overwinter anywhere as long as there is food, water, and shelter.
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #101 on: September 28, 2021, 09:31:19 AM »

What is the meaning of a Blue Bird?
Definition of bluebird. : any of three small North American thrushes (Sialia currucoides, S. mexicana, and S. sialis) that are blue above and reddish brown or pale blue below.

What is the Bluebird Song?
"The Bluebird Song" is a song from "The Small Wonders", a story from The Book of Pooh. The song celebrates the singing of bluebirds, such as Kessie.
https://disney.fandom.com/wiki/The_Bluebird_Song


The Bluebird Song · Jean Ritchie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXjlkS0V69Y
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #102 on: October 01, 2021, 02:11:29 AM »

This morning,  during our non-stop rain here in Cane Ridge, Tennessee, while standing at the deck doors  I looked up from my earlyl morning coffee.
And, behold!
A pair of BB's perched a top the feeder pole. I was surprized to say the very least.  I just stood there, wide-eyed staring making sure  of the view and this
wasn't wishful thinking. Nope it was a pair of females. By the time I turned to cross over to the dinning table  to fetch my iPhone. I turned back--- the gals had flown off to the williow tree
at the bottom of the yard. Too far for a good photo at least not with this device.

I'm convienced the BBs returned to check out the meal worm feeder they had known from their fledgling days.
 But, Jim had it on the wicker table infront of the chairs. It had been airing a few days earlier
 from a disinfecting. He had only taken time to close it before the rains started early last Monday AM before he left for work.
. No decent break in weather. There it has remained.
Further research has revealed that the worms we had been purchaseing are now harvested and processed in China!  Bluebirders, all birders, know what this means.
So we're investagating who locally we can purchase meal worms raised and processed in the good 'ol US of A.
More to follow...

Jim gets his supply of mealworms at Lowes on Bell Rd. These are packaged under the guidance and name of the National  Audubon Society.
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #103 on: October 04, 2021, 05:25:43 PM »

Bluebird Timetable* 

Scouting: February to Mid-March: Bluebirds start checking out nesting sites. Late arrivals, or previously unpaired birds may nest as late as July or even August, and some pairs have multiple broods. It's never too late to put up a nestbox, as they may be used for a subsequent nesting (see Number of Broods), for roosting, and are also often checked out in the fall by birds that may return the following spring.

Nest building: 2-6 days.

Egg laying: 5-7 days. Usually laying one per day (skipping a day in cold weather is possible but uncommon), for a total of 4-7 eggs. Often start egg laying a few days after nest is completed. Egg laying can be delayed (sometimes for a week or two - 3 weeks is not unheard of) in cold weather, for young parents, or in cases where food is scarce. In Connecticut, the first egg is generally laid in April. (Earliest reported in CT: First week of March. Latest reported in August - 3 broods that year.  One brood/year is more common in CT.) Later broods tend to have fewer eggs, and Bluebirds tend to lay more eggs per nest in the north vs. south, but southern birds have a longer nesting season.

Incubation: 12-14 days. While they may sit on eggs occasionally during the egg laying period, "full-time" regular incubation doesn't start until all eggs are laid. They may wait about a week if weather is still cold. They may start incubating before the clutch is complete in warmer conditions. Hatching failure is highest during warmer conditions.

Hatching: May occur over 24-48 (rarely 72 hours)

Fledging: 16-21 days, typically 17-18. Occasionally a runt will fledge one or even two days later than the others. When they are first born, they look "a bit like hairy shrimp." Insect availability may speed up or delay fledging. If the box is empty in this time frame, the nest is flattened, and there is some fecal material (white) on the walls, it usually means fledging was successful. Once they leave the nest, bluebirds do not return to it. When the babies are 28 days old, they can fly well. They can feed themselves by Day 30.

Number of Broods: One to four broods per year. Fourth brood attempts may be made in southern climates. The number of broods probably depends on timing, temperatures, food availability, box availability and the experience or age of the parents. A subsequent brood may be started within days or weeks of fledging the previous brood. It may be in the same box or a different box.

* see photos of nestling development. Also see general bluebird nesting timetable and more information on bluebird biology for Eastern Bluebirds | Mountain Bluebirds | Western Bluebirds. Also see typical first egg dates by State.
This info to follow.
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #104 on: October 09, 2021, 12:57:00 AM »

Bluebird of happiness*
or the popular song, see Bluebird of Happiness (song). For the Tamar Braxton album, see Bluebird of Happiness (album).
The symbol of a bluebird as the harbinger of happiness is found in many cultures and may date back thousands of years.

Origins of the bluebird as a symbol of happiness

Chinese mythology
One of the oldest examples of a blue bird in myth (found on oracle bone inscriptions of the Shang dynasty, 1766–1122 BC) is from pre-modern China, where a blue or green bird (qingniao) was the messenger bird of Xi Wangmu (the 'Queen Mother of the West'), who began life as a fearsome goddess and immortal. By the Tang dynasty (618–906 AD), she had evolved into a Daoist fairy queen and the protector/patron of "singing girls, dead women, novices, nuns, adepts and priestesses...women [who] stood outside the roles prescribed for women in the traditional Chinese family".[1] Depictions of Xi Wangmu often include a bird—the birds in the earliest depictions are difficult to identify, and by the Tang dynasty, most of the birds appear in a circle, often with three legs, as a symbol of the sun.[2]

Popular use of the idiom
The immense popularity of Maeterlinck's play probably originated the idiom in English. In 1934, this was strengthened by the popular American song "Bluebird of Happiness". Written by Sandor Harmati and Edward Heyman, it was recorded several times by American tenor Jan Peerce, for RCA Victor and also by Art Mooney and His Orchestra.

The bluebird is featured in the song "Be Like The Bluebird" in the popular musical Anything Goes.

The lyrics "Somewhere, over the rainbow, bluebirds fly" in Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg's 1938 song for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz is a likely allusion to the idiom as well.

Shirley Temple starred in the 1940 American fantasy The Blue Bird.

In 1942, the popular song "(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover" used them, despite an absence of real blue birds on those cliffs, among other imagery to lift spirits.

The Academy Award-winning song, "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah," from Walt Disney's 1946 live-action and animated film Song of the South, makes reference to "Mr. Bluebird on my shoulder" as a symbol of good cheer.

In the 1946 Japanese film No Regrets for Our Youth, directed by Akira Kurosawa, when Yukie and Noge reunite in Tokyo during the war, Yukie laments that she is not happy with her career and wants to do something truly meaningful in the struggle for freedom. Noge responds, "Who finds work like that even once in their lives? It's like finding The Blue Bird of Happiness."

The bluebird is mentioned at the end of the 1968 Beatles film Yellow Submarine, when the leader of the Blue Meanies claims that his "cousin is the bluebird of happiness". Beatles Paul McCartney wrote a song about them for his band Wings’ 1973 album Band on the Run, "Bluebird".

The Velvet Underground song “Candy Says” contains a line pertaining to watching the blue birds fly as a metaphor for happiness passing by Candy Darling, the song’s subject, while she is in the wrong body. [7]

The Allman Brothers Band's 1972 song "Blue Sky" has the lyric "Don't fly, mister blue bird, I'm just walking down the road".

A scene in the 1977 Disney film The Rescuers uses the bluebird as a symbol of "faith ... you see from afar."

In the 1985 film Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird, the Sleaze Brothers kidnap Big Bird and press him into service in their fun fair, where he is painted blue and billed as the Blue Bird of Happiness. In a play on the word "blue," Big Bird sings the mournful song "I'm So Blue."

The lyrics of the They Might Be Giants 1989 song "Birdhouse in Your Soul" by John Linnell includes the phrase "blue bird of friendliness."

The 2001 film K-PAX, directed by Iain Softley, written by Charles Leavitt and based on the book of the same name by Gene Brewer, contains a scene in which the lead character Prot (played by Kevin Spacey), claiming to be a visitor from outer space. He ends up in a psychiatric ward where he 'prescribes' a fellow patient with the task of finding a 'Bluebird Of Happiness'. In a later scene, the fellow patient excitedly yells out that he finally found the Bluebird, resulting in pandemonium amongst patients spanning several floors of the institution.

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