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Bluebirds From Heaven

by Denise Gardner Dunn
(Silver Springs, FL)

Making a nest, checking it twice.....

Making a nest, checking it twice.....





I want to share a special story that touches my heart about my bluebirds, that started several years ago.

My father, who lives 600 miles from me was building blue bird houses for the Lions club, and they were selling them.

I kept bugging him, and telling him I wanted a blue bird house. He kept promising me one.
Easter of 2008, Dad was at my house visiting in Florida, and we were sitting out in the yard talking about the birds and ducks we were watching.

I turned to Dad, and said, "Yeah, where are my blue bird houses?" With that little mischievous grin, he said.."Maybe Santa will bring them for Christmas!"

My father hasn't been well, and I didn't bring the subject up again. As Christmas approached, my father's health was failing. He had been fighting a incurable cancer. I knew he was in no shape to build me those bluebird houses, but really wanted to attract bluebirds to my yard.

So, after the first of the year, I purchased 2 bluebird houses form the local Walmart, and my husband and I picked two places in the yard and installed them. WE wanted to get them up for the early Spring.

In February, my father took a turn for the worse, and I made the trip to North Carolina to see him at the hospital, and visited for 5 days.

The day I returned, I got out of the car and walked around to my front yard, to talk to my aunt that was standing in the yard. While we were standing there, a bluebird landed in the grass.

"How Ironic" I thought. I looked at my aunt and said...half jokingly, " I wonder if he will move in my house".
Several days later my husband ( Dwight) saw the bluebird again.

Three weeks later, my father passed away, and again I made the trip to North Carolina for the funeral services.

My husband was also having radiation for Cancer and couldn't go with me, but we stayed in constant contact on the phone.

As i was driving home from my father's funeral, Dwight called me, and said " You aren't going to believe what I am doing."
Of course I wanted to know!
He Said " I am sitting here watching a Bluebird make a nest in the Bluebird house!" I was so excited, and felt a special calmness come over me.

NO one will ever convince me that my father didn't have a hand in placing those bluebirds in my yard.

WE had Bluebird babies Fledge last week, and now, they are busy making another nest!

Dad has been gone for not quite two months, and I miss him terribly, but in my heart I know these bluebirds are a sign that everything is ok, and can't help but feel Dad is watching over me.

Do you know what my father called all of us children, when he couldn't remember our name? ( there were 5 of us) and growing up, he would just say.."hey, bird.........."
No matter who he was talking to.

Several weeks ago, my husband and I went camping in our motor home, which we bought from my dad last year when it was determined he was too ill to travel.

We took it out over Easter weekend, and when we pulled in to our yard, i saw the bluebird on the bluebird house.

I grabbed my camera and went to take a picture. As i was focusing on the one on the roof, another bluebird stuck her head out the hole, and I got them both! She was sitting on the eggs, and the male came to feed her.

Since then, the babies hatched, have fledged, and they are busy making a nest.

I love birds, of all kinds. But these bluebirds are very very special.

Thanks for allowing me to share my story.



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May 10, 2011
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My mom sent me bluebirds too!
by: Jamie in California

I had the exact same thing happen to me! My mother who I took care of for the last 10 years because she had dementia just died in March and the day before her memorial I was in my living room and I looked onto our front porch and saw two western bluebirds popping in and out of a hole in the wood in the entry way and sure enough they were building a nest!

This is the first nest we've ever had on our house and I knew it was a sign from my mom that she was watching over me and sending new life to let me know she was OK and at peace.

Sadly though I'm not sure if they've abandoned the nest because it's been several days since I've seen them. I took a look and the nest is still there with no sign of egg laying yet.

Does anyone know if this is common for the nest to be built and then left alone before eggs are laid? I'm so hoping they are not gone.

Oct 24, 2009
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Cardinals and Bluebirds!
by: Anonymous

My story is about a cardinal. But this is very similar. I have always had a special bond with my
grandmother. My mom was a single mom, my dad died when I was very young and she raised us with the help of my grandmother so I was as close to Gram as to Mom! Maybe closer, Gram had the time, Mom had to support all of us.

Anyway, when I met my husband we decided to build a house and get married...in that order. Gram had been getting frailer and did not get out much anymore, but I had made a special place for her on
our sun porch so she could sit in the sun during the day in the winter and watch the birds and their antics. Gram loved the birds, all of them. When she was in better health, she made her own suet, catered to the bluebirds by raising her own mealybugs. She had several hummingbird feeders and several bird houses. She set up her whole yard to cater to the birds. Sitting on the sun porch watching the birds I truly believe kept her alive and with us much longer.

After our new house was built I wanted to take Gram to see it, but her health was failing rapidly and it was winter so we decided to wait unit spring. Gram passed in March and was unable to ever see my new house.

We moved into our house 2 weeks after she died. I moved all the bird feeders and bird houses from her yard into mine. It made me feel a little closer to her. One day I am standing at the kitchen window and this little cardinal lands on the sill and starts tapping on the glass. As I watch him he flew to the next window and did the same thing. I followed that little bird as he went to every single window in the house and tapped on the glass. I finally opened the front door to shoo him away and he flew right into the house. Afraid he would hurt himself by flying into a window I ran after him to try and get him back to the front door. He flew into every single room in my house. After he saw every room he flew to the top of the front door and perched.
I just stood and watched him. He looked around,
flapped his wings, did a sweep of the living room and then flew out the front door.

I realize it may be crazy to think this, but I truly felt that my grandmother had something to do with that little bird checking out every room.
Maybe she was seeing my house through his eyes.


Sep 24, 2009
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I Received A Similar Sign
by: CJ

I had never seen a bluebird "in person" before, but this past spring after my mom died, one showed up on my fence rail, and then a 2nd one, and I kind of liked feeling that maybe they were a sign sent from her.

Then a Goldfinch showed up a couple days later (another I'd never seen "in person" before). I told my dad about the bluebirds (he's a bird lover) and he built a box for them. They immediately moved in.

They soon had 2 babies. sadly I hadn't seen them for over a month or so now, and figured they'd moved on.

Yesterday I asked my mom for a sign because I hadn't asked for or gotten one for awhile...I didn't get anything yesterday, but this morning while looking out the kitchen window getting ready to leave for work, who showed up on the deck railing but a bluebird, looking right at me.

Then another landed next to it in the flower box. Then 2 more landed on the other side of the flower box. I was so excited. I think they (and she) stopped by to say hi.

May 31, 2009
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HEY...
by: Anonymous

Love this picture with the straw in the mouth.

May 08, 2009
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Great pics
by: Tina from UK

Wow Denise what great photo's and a wonderful story, I am sure you are right and your dad sent those Bluebirds to your house.
The pictures are fantastic, you must have a great camera, what make is it I would love to get myself one of those. I don't think I have ever seen such clarity in a photo.

May 07, 2009
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BlueBirds
by: Penny

I love your story Denise and love all the pictures you send me of your beautiful bluebirds you have there in Florida.

May 07, 2009
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thanks to the owner
by: Denise

thank you for adding both pictures

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