Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan-Claire Mayfield. This is day two hundred and nineteen of that project.

This quilt block shows a birdhouse with a bird against a blue salmon-patterned background. The birdhouse is near the center of the block and stands on a  black pole. The house itself is a light blue with a black hole in the middle. The roof is angled like a triangle and is black. There is a patch of grass underneath indicated by a jagged cut piece of green fabric. Coming out of the grass are red flowers with long stems. Each flower is a red circle with a black middle. To the left of the birdhouse in the air is a bluebird. The bluebird is drawn in with pen and is in mid flight.

Billy the Mountain bluebird is really pleased with how things are shaping up at his nesting box. Billy scouted this nest spot out and chose it mid-february.

The color is not the preferred color of nesting boxes for birds, as they are safer in earth toned houses. But, Bianca, his mate, was wild for the color and location.

The house faces south which, she pointed out, was perfect. She told Billy there would be beautiful red flowers later, and she was right.

She’s in the house now sitting with 6 little light blue eggs. This is the second clutch of the season. They stay very close during the 16-21 day incubation period to make sure the eggs do not get chilled.

Billy and Bianca have been mated for 4 years. They will be together as long as both live. If one is widowed the survivor will re-mate.

Bluebirds are a small thrush and can be seen hovering in a hawk-like manner about a yard off the ground looking for insects. If you would like to feed a bluebird at a feeder they eat mealworms, suet dough, fruit and sunflower bits.

In the spring and early summer the females will consume egg shell bits to help with egg production.

The bright blue of our Mountain bluebirds always lift my heart when I see them.