"Thistle Stop"

Bluebird on Canada Thistle

Giclée reproduction aprox. 9" x 12" 

© 2005 Heather Dieter Bartmann

Early this autumn while accompanying the dogs on their early morning walk around the fields, we (the dogs and I) happened upon a small flock of Mountain Bluebirds. They were feeding on chill-slowed grasshoppers along the side of the path. At our approach the birds repeatedly flew ahead, and then landed…snapping up snacks on the way. Ahead was a barb wire fence line and irrigation ditch which had been sprayed to kill the thistles. Six of the birds landed on the wire, one, a female, landed on a dead thistle which bowed under her weight. She turned and looked at us then joined the others as they took wing across the field.