A handsome male bluebird perches atop a fence post. When I saw this bird originally the dark background helped the brilliant colors to stand out. These birds have been aided by a strong conservation program that has installed bluebird boxes throughout the country to help with their numbers. The more aggresive tree swallows and European starlings tend to take over their natural nesting sites (and even the boxes). However, with the efforts of groups like the North American Bluebird Society bluebirds are doing well.