Western Bluebirds live at The Holler, but basically never visit The Holler Spa.
So you can imagine how thrilled I was when these beauties showed up in force!
I am convinced they came,
as bluebirds of happiness,
to wish you a very Merry Christmas and even Happier New Year!
To you and yours this season,
and into the New Year,
Cheers from The Holler~
306 thoughts on “Bluebirds of Happiness~”
What a treat to see these lovely bluebirds of happiness just after you posted them! Almost never happens for me to see a post right away, must be a happy sign! Merry Christmas to you and your family, Cindy! And the happiest of New Years!
I think it is a Very Merry Christmas sign for you! <3 🎄
Thank you! 🎄
Such lovely, surprise visitors. Love the look of your spa. Happy holidays to you also, Cindy. Cheers to a wonderful New Year! <3
Thank you Olga and the same to you <3 🎄
WOW!!! they are so beautiful.. Great shots too. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you more for your kind appreciation 🎄
You are welcome.
Merry Christmas, Cindy! Enjoy your birdies! And Happy New Year!
All the best to you and yours Terri <3 🎄
Really beautiful! Peace and Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Thank you and the same to you 🎄
These are beautiful birds and so colorful. Great pictures
Very happy you enjoyed them & thank you!
They’re beautiful! Is their song as lovely? Love the fluffed up one who just finished its bath 🙂
The chuffed up guy is pretty cute isn’t he! They have a soft, but lovely song. 🎄
Lovely photos! Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year 🎅🎄
Grazie Mille 🎄
Lovely photos, precious! Merry Christmas!
Merci beaucoup mon ami! 🎄
Thanks much! 🎄
they do have a cheerful appearance. Thank you for being camera ready and sharing… love and happiness… winging its way to you…
And of riccocheting back to you, more. Merry Christmas! 🤶
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours! Thank you for brightening our days year-long.
Ahhh. Thank you very much Peter. May the Blessings of Christmas comfort you and you beautiful family. And may these Blessings comfort you all throughout the New Year. With love and friendship, and looking forward to sharing 2019 with you.
simply gorgeous and hopefully auspicious!
Blessings on this Season and always, Linda
Visa versa 2UX2 dear Linda <3 🎅
What marvellous photographs – I have not seen bluebirds before.
I see them, but always at a distance, so this was a special thing. Very pleased to introduce you! <3
These are beautiful! My son looked over my shoulder and said, “Those look like paintings.”
Awwww, tell your son he touched my <3
Such beautiful birds, surely birds of happiness and paradise! Thank you Cindy.
Surely yes! Blessings to you my friend <3
Blessings Cindy ♥️
These little birds are so beautiful. They can’t help but spread happiness! Sending wishes to you and yours for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, my friend! 😀 <3
Back to you and your family dear Linda <3 🎅
Oh Cindy, how beautiful they are!
Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year.
Thank you & Holiday Blessings to you 🎅
So kind & so appreciated! 🎅
Wow! This has cheered up my rainy Massachusetts day! Beautiful!
Awww, you just cheered my cloudy morning! 🎅
So happy you like them & cheers to you 🎅
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family Cindy……beautiful photos.
Thank you & Joys of the Season to you! 🎅
Such a pretty colour Cindy.
The blues can make us happy, as you well know! 🎅
They can Cindy….. 🙂
Wonderful! Thanks Cindy for sharing!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Italy! 🙂
Christmas Cheers to you! 🎅
The Bluebirds are so beautiful and your photos do show them so
clear and perfect to us. Thank you for this treat.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
I am so happy you enjoyed them & wishing you all the joys of the season 🎅
They are so gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!
Thank you more for appreciating them! 🎅
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Wanted to share these bluebirds of happiness taken by Cindy Knoke with all of you wishing you a wonderful season! <3
Thank you and visa versa 2UX2! 🎅
Hard to beat a Blue Bird of Happiness wishing you well, Cindy. And right back at you! –Curt
Thank you Curt, all the best to you and yours! 🎅
Hope you had a great Christmas, Cindy. And here’s to wishing you many great adventures in 2019. –Curt
Look forward to sharing another year with you Curt & Happy New Year!
And happy holidays to you and yours Cindy.
Thanks you Wally. Blessings of the Season to you my friend 🎅
Ah, these are so pretty! Have a wonderful festive season!
Thank you & the same to you! 🎅
Lovely pictures! Perfect for wishing Happy Holidays. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful Christmas and usher in the New Year with same gusto. 🙂
Wishing you health and happiness my friend <3
Excellent choices for the occasion. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Thank you Frank and blessings to you and yours! 🎅
We used to be thrilled to see these birds – they were rare in the north – because they meant that spring had arrived there.
They are here at The Holler, but rarely close enough to photo, and basically never in the bird baths, so I think this is a Christmas gift to all of us! 🎅
A real treat!
They are so beautiful Cindy. Merry Christmas!
Christmas Blessings to you Lynn. 🎅
These are gorgeous!
Thank you my friend & cheers to you <3
Pool party of stars! They are so beautiful. 🙂 Enjoy your holidays, Cindy!
These are my, and your, kinda stars! The deserving ones! 🎅
They’re so beautiful and cute when all fluffy and wet from a bath.
Merry Christmas to you and Happy New Year too!
When they fluff up to dry off they are at their most endearing! Holiday blessings to you 🎅
These are gorgeous, Cindy!!!!!! Merry Christmas!
Blessings to you and yours 🎅
Delightful Christmas guests… What special joy they have brought to your garden, Cindy. Wishing you and yours a beautiful Christmas and a blessed New Year! <3
Another Christmas spent with you Bette is another blessing <3 🎅
What a treat Cindy! I so enjoy your blog and photography! Thank you for sharing all the beautiful visitors at the Holler. Merry Christmas to you and your family and of course Herbert! 🎄
Holiday Blessings to you and yours <3 🎅
Okay…. now you have Bluebirds!
Again, here in the city, we have sparrows, grackles, pigeons, (some ducks, sea gulls, Canada Geese and swans if you live by the lake).
I want to live by your lake! Happy Holidays Sweetie 🎅
LOL!!! You will wallow in sea gulls, swans and ducks! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! Quack, honk and hissssss! xo
Fantastic way to send us happiness, they are beautiful. Health and happiness to you and your family Cindy
Holiday Blessings to you and your family Pauline 🎅
Beautiful but then so is that birdbath. we have eastern Blue birds that nest in our boxes in the Spring Love watching for the first flights.
Oh I would love this! how wonderful! Cornell estimates there are about 22 million Eastern Bluebirds, and about 6.7 million Western Bluebirds. Seeing them out west close enough to photograph is a rarity for me.
I have never seen bluebirds in a bird bath, Cindy, how very fortunate that you were there to welcome them. Terrific photos (love the penultimate one especially) and a sweet message. My very best wishes to you for a holiday filled with peace and happiness.
All the best to you this season and into the next year my friend. I look forward to sharing the new year with you 🎅
So very beautiful! Thank you, Cindy for sharing the beauty and excitement with us.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!
Merriest Christmas Amy and thank you so much for sharing the excitement with me! <3
Phenomenal photos that look like oil paintings. HAPPY HOLIDAYS and may you continue to find spectacular art in nature.
Awww, sweet Dor! Thank you, and Merriest of everything to you <3
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News and pictures of bluebirds at the spa in the Holler to wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! From Cindy Knoke to all of you.
Love to you sweet Patricia & wishes for the best and brightest Christmas and Happiest & Healthiest New Year! <3
I’ve always wanted to see a bluebird. Your photos are the first I’ve seen with groups of them. All the better!
Makes it seem a gift that I could show you then. Happy Christmas!
They are! Merry Christmas.
What a treat! I’ve never seen that bird. You are blessed with a blessed visitor. More than one! Now we are too. Thank you.
Awww, you made the most lovely comment! <3
Cheers, Cindy! To you and the blue birds of happiness!!
And to you sweet lady, Happy Holidays! <3
Cindy, these are wonderful! Thank you so much!
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Thank you to Cindy Knoke for these photographs of the “bluebird of happiness!”
The Bluebirds of Happiness came for all of us, to wish us happiness, which I especially wish for you Charles!
Cindy, thank you very much, and Happy Holidays to you and yours!
I look forward to sharing 2019 with you Charles. Happy New Year! 🍸
They look splendid. 🎈
Thank you. They are <3
Thank you! And Merry Christmas to you!
They’re so adorable – and your photographs are marvelous, as usual!
Merriest Christmas and Happiest New Year to sweet friend! <3
Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, including those with fur and with feathers. 😁🎄 I always love looking at your photos. Thank you for sharing them.
Thank you so much more for appreciating them & Merry Christmas you to Sarah <3
These are delightful chaps – I especially liked the one after he’s had a bath!
Yes, well, he’s bit blurry, but he looks much better than I do after a bath! Merry Christmas Emma <3
Such nice photos! My new favorite birds.
Ahhhh, grateful for you!
Agreed. Merry Christmas Cindy!
Happiest New Year! ❤ 🕛
Wunderschöne Bilder. Frohe Weihnachten Cindy!!!
Frohe Weihnachten und ein gesegnetes neues Jahr Ernst <3
Lovely shots and a marvellous device for a Christmas wishes post. Reciprocated
Visa versa 2UX2 <3
Aww, they are such sweeties. And the greetings they carry are even sweeter. Merry Christmas to you, too.
Merry Christmas & Blessed New Year Mandy <3
Oh, Cindy, they are beautiful. A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours. xxx
Thank you Adele. I send the same prayer back to you <3
I have these beauties though the Eastern variety and like you they are here but seldom venture into my space. They came for that clean water you have out and to make your day. Mine come to devour beef suet from the butcher on miserable days of cold and snow. 🙂 Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas sweet friend. And may the Blessings of the New Year follow you <3
You as well <3
Happy New Year Eunice! ❤ 🕛
Happy New Year to you and your family Cindy.
ich wünsche uns inneren und äußeren Frieden
Ich wünsche Ihnen die Segnungen von Weihnachten und das glücklichste und gesündeste neue Jahr! <3
alles klar, bis dann, Klaus
Frohe Neues Jahr Klaus ! ❤ 🕛
Marvelous images, as ever. Thank you very much Cindy! Have a wonderful Christmas, and a great start into the New Year! Michael
Thank you so much. Christmas Blessings to you and may they last in the New Year <3 🤶
You too, Cindy! Blessings to you and yours! Have a wonderful time, too! 🤶🤶🤶 Michael
Hope your Christmas was wonderful and Happy New Year! 🕛
Oh, they are so cute! <3 I wish you a wonderful Christmas, and a peaceful and carefree start into 2019.
I wish all the blessings of the Season for you and into the New Year! <3 🤶
They are so lovely!… 😀 As I hadn’t heard of them except here and there in a song, had a talk with Google. It turns out they do not live in Europe at all… except maybe in someone’s home in a cage to brag with? Ough! Hate THAT idea!…
Even here they are disproportionately distributed. There are about 22 million Eastern Bluebirds, and about 6.7 million Western Bluebirds. They are different birds, and they are faring differently geographically, which is why it is wonderful they decided to come visit us for the holidays!
You can still count in millions! 🙂
Europe is so full of people, roads, highways and buildings that a lot of birds disappear by and by… Even in my little jungle I start seeing the difference… and keep hoping they will come back…
The loss of habitat for wild creatures is so sad. California is becoming paved with strip malls.
Sadly, southern New Hampshire seems to be going the way of the strip mall as well.
It seems to be the madness of our times… :-/
What a delightful surprise to have them visit and play! We have bluebirds too, and a local pottery community that makes glass ones! Merry Christmas Cindy! 🎄 🎅 🕯️
Merry Christmas Brad, And I send wishes for the best and brightest 2019 for you. I look forward to sharing the year with you. <3 🤶
Thank you so much for the kind wishes Cindy. It’s a joy to share the journey with you. Hugs! 🎅 <3
Happiest New Year to you Brad and look forward to sharing 2019 with you! ❤ 🕛
Likewise Cindy. May it be a year of peace and trust.
That is such a happy sight. All your bluebirds playing in the sunshine. Nothing but grey here and rain. Grateful it’s not snow and ice though. Merry Christmas, Cindy.
Merriest Christmas to you Marlene, and the Best of the Best of the New Year is my wish for you! I look forward to sharing 2019 with you.
I am up spending Christmas with the newborn twin boys, 2 1/2 months old now!
Peace and safety for all <3 <3 🤶
Thank you for your Christmas wishes, Cindy and right back to you. Christmas with new twins is what the season is all about. How exciting for you. Hope you take pictures for us. Hugs and love. M
Oh those babies are adorable! Thank you Marlene & hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
I love bluebirds even did a painting of one once lol. Thank you to you and to these beautiful beings for making the world a better place.
Thank you for making the world better too. We need each other <3 🤶
i feel happier 🙂
YAY! Now I am feeling happier too! The magic of the season is spreading! <3 🤶
Just beautiful, Cindy. What a treat!
You so deserve it. They flew down here for you. Merry Christmas <3 🤶
Awww… Merry Christmas to you, Cindy. 🎄
Happiest New Year to you Jennie! ❤ 🕛
Thank you, Cindy. A Happy New Year to you as well. 😀
Dear Cindy, they are so beautiful and so lovely birds… and you captured great photographs. Thank you, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, Love, nia
Blessings of the season to you Nia <3 🤶
Hi Cindy! Bluebirds are some of the most beautiful birds around; seeing them always brings happiness!
Yes, they do bring happiness, even more so in the west, where their numbers are about a third of the eastern variety. Happy Holidays to you!
I hadn’t realized that western bluebirds’ populations were so low.
I hadn’t either…..
And happy holidays to you too!
Happiest New Year to you Josh! ❤ 🕛
The same to you!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year sweetie
Visa versa 2U2 X2!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too, Cindy!
<3 🤶 Thank you more!
Thank you for the gorgeous photos and compelling posts this year! Best, Susan
Thank you for the same and look forward to sharing 2019 with you! 🤶
Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo mi amigo muy amable! 🤶
These Blue Birds are beautiful Cindy. Happy Hollidays to you and your family!
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas & Happiest New Year to you! ❤ 🕛
What gorgeous photos! Merry Christmas dear friend!
Hope your Christmas was wonderful & Happiest New Year! ❤ 🕛
The Bluebirds are much more colourful in your area than we have here. Ours just light grey and blue.
They are beauties aren’t they! Happiest New Year Alexander! ❤ 🕛
Thank you, Cindy. Happy New Year to you too!
I’ve never seen a real one of these birdies, only pictures on a calendar, and they’re amazing! Thank you for sharing them with us. Yes, I imagine they did show up just to wish all a happy holiday season!
So happy I got to share them with you Debbie & Happiest New Year to you! ❤ 🕛
Thank you & Happiest New Year! ❤ 🕛
Second time around for me, Cindy! Your photos are exquisite and your thoughts are perfect for this special time of year! Hugs!
Hugs to you Rebecca! I look forward to sharing another year with you my friend & Happiest New Year! ❤ 🕛
Such a warm and wonderful greetings from these beautiful birds. Happy Christmas and God’s richest blessings to you in the New Year.
New Year’s Blessings to you and yours Beverly! <3 🕛
Thank you and many happy returns. ☺
These are the best happy Blues to have! Happy Holidays, Cindy!
Agreed! Happy New Year Donna <3 Happiest New Year! ❤ 🕛
Merry Christmas, Cindy! I hope those birds are hard at work spreading happiness into the new year.
I hope so too, for everyone! Happiest New Year! ❤ 🕛
Thank you – bluebirds of happiness, how wonderful. Thanks for passing on their good will to all of us.
Happy holidays and good wishes for the new year. 🙂
I look forward to 2019 with you Lynette & Happy New Year! 🕛
Such cheerful photos of the birds. Lucky you. Christmas peace.
Happiest New Year to you Mary Ann! <3 🕛
Thank you. To you as well. Peace in 2019.
Happy New Year! <3 🕛
I have to say also these are very beautiful birds! Very merry Christmas to you and happy new year too!!
So pleased you enjoyed the birdies & Happiest New Year to you! 🕛
Frohe Weihnachten, Cindy!
Frohes Neues Jahr! 🕛
Seeks they had to share with sparrows and finches. Merry Christmas, Cuz ….💖
They certainly do! We are mobbed by finches and sparrows! Happy New Year Paul <3 🍸
Thanks much & Happiest New Year to you! 🍸
I’ve never seen a bluebird. Not even a photo of one!
They almost never make it to the West Coast, I guess.
They are a rare sight for me this close too! So pleased you enjoyed them & Happy New Year! 🍸
What pretty birds. they bring happiness indeed. 🙂
Glad you enjoyed the birdies & Happiest New Year to you Imelda! 🍸
…and Merry Christmas to you and your family, too. 🙂
Such vibrant Bluebirds. Stunning photographs, Cindy. I hope your holidays are going well and that you have a Happy New Year.
They are very beautiful birds….used to see them all the time in Virginia.
Haven’t seen any of them in Texas yet. Maybe there are none here, I don’t know.
Wishing you the best in 2019 Cindy!
Glad you enjoyed them & Happiest New Year to you Mary!
These images are extraordinary! The birds and the photography are beautiful.
Very kind & much appreciated!
Compliments of the season Cindy . Beautiful nature beautiful post.😊 Wishing you and yours a blessed year ahead!!!💞
These are really wow factor for me. Wonder why we don’t get bluebirds in Europe.
Lovely photos of gorgeous birds, Cindy. A very happy 2019 to you. RH
Look forward to sharing the year with you & wish you health and happiness! <3 🕛
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Cindy!
Looking forward to sharing another year with you! Happy New Year! 🍾
Your photos are spectacular! Happy New Year, Cindy!
So and so appreciated! Happiest New Year to you too.
Awwww, you touched my <3 . Happiest New Year!
Nature is a beautiful gift. Birds and Bluebirds are so significant in geographical and seasonal realities. Thank you Cindy, for your perspective share.💕Cheers!
What a lovely comment! Thank you & Happy New Year.
Beautiful captures as always 💚
Thank you very much & cheers to you!
I’d be thrilled too, Cindy. They’re gorgeous.
So are you. Happy New Year <3
Beautiful birds! Happy New Year, Cindy!
Happiest New Year! I look forward to sharing another year with you. <3
How can one not have a better day when viewing these precious bluebirds – and seeing the colorful hydrangeas on the header image! It’s always a joy to see your beloved birds thru your lens/eyes!
Awwww, this very kind comment made my <3 smile. Thank you & cheers to you!
Adorable. Your pics are still great. Where did you get that amazing birdbath? I wish you were here to photograph my parrots.
You have the eye! Thank you for noticing.
Your pictures are mesmerizing….they touch my spirit. Jeanne Marie
Awww, your kind comment touched my <3 ! Thank you.
Wonderful photos of gorgeous bluebirds <3
Spreading cheer and good will to all with their presence I’m sure. Hope you have a wonderful, happy new year. God’s blessings on you and yours, Cindy.
And back 2UX2 Joyce! All the best sweet lady <3
I am pleased you enjoyed them!
They stole my heart😍
Sending you more!! <3 <3
Love the bird pictures. Just beautiful! 💕
Thank you Bernice. I printed and will make your cordon bleu casserole. Thank you for posting it.
Your welcome. I hope you enjoy it. Let me know. 😀
Happy are those who have love for others,
Sad are those who live for others.
This one is really great. I enjoyed it.
Do you believe that there is a cycle of happiness that runs as long as we pray the lord and embrace the dear nature?. I tried explaining it in my post . Hope you like it.
Have a great day.
How wonderful to see a post from you and what a compassionate philosophy too! Intriguing and I am glad you shared it with me.
The birds are lovely but your photography is amazing! I am truly moved by your images, your compositions, your angles and the point of capture of wildlife that you have is absolutely genius! Great work! Thank you for sharing such beauty!
You are very kind Francisco and much appreciated. Thank you my friend and be well.
Yer welcome Cindy. You too, have a lovely week…
Absolutely beautiful! I see these at my local park this time of year. Looks like you are into birds; my husband and I love to bird-watch whenever we can. East Africa is one of our favorite places to watch hundreds of birds 🙂
I love that you love watching the birds in East Africa. Those continents that start with A are paradise to me. Thank you დ
Hi Cindy, I enjoy your photographs! I came across some of your bluebird photos from 2018 when I was looking for photo references and was wondering if you’d mind if I used one to paint a small painting. I’d love to give you credit for the photo. Would that be alright with you?
I would be honored and would love to see your painting. I think you may be referring to Western Bluebirds. Lots of them live here, but they are the shyest birds I have ever managed to capture. Where I live they have so much space and they are magical elusive birds. The time they settled on the water was epic for me, and maybe them. Please, paint them and thank you დდ
Thanks so much, Cindy. We have the western bluebirds here in Silver City, New Mexico too.
I love to see them at the birdbath, too. Not sure how to include a photo to you on this blog but I will share my results with you.
Thank you! I would love to see them დ