Every spring, when the bluebirds show up, I get the sense that spring is really here to stay. It always brings a smile to my face when I look out my window and see them for the first time that year. This week, in spite of the rains, the bluebirds are back. Even though he seems pretty far afield from his normal habitat, this guy is a mountain bluebird, sialia currucoides, from the thrush species. (Since I live on a hill, I think he just feels at home here.)
In 1934, composer Sandor Harmati and lyricist Edward Heyman wrote “The Bluebird of Happiness” for singer Jan Peerce, a favorite at NBC’s Radio City Music Hall. Peerce recorded the song in 1936 under the name Paul Robinson. Peerce went on to have a lengthy career singing at the New York Metropolitan Opera.