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Location: Oak Glen, CA
GPS: 34.0N, -116.9W, elev=4,725' MAP
Date: March 6, 2016
ID : B13K1110 [4896 x 3264]

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Western Bluebird Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Malibu Creek State Park (Calabasas), CA
GPS: 34.1N, -118.7W, elev=592' MAP
Date: December 18, 2011
ID : B13K0895 [4896 x 3264]

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Western Bluebird Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Santa Monica (Woodlawn Cemetery), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.5W, elev=139' MAP
Date: April 28, 2011
ID : B13K7914 [4896 x 3264]

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Western Bluebird Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Santa Monica (Penmar Golf Course), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.5W, elev=27' MAP
Date: April 28, 2011
ID : B13K7898 [4896 x 3264]

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Western Bluebird Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Santa Monica (Penmar Golf Course), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.5W, elev=27' MAP
Date: April 28, 2011
ID : B13K7912 [4896 x 3264]

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Western Bluebird Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Santa Monica (Penmar Golf Course), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.5W, elev=27' MAP
Date: April 28, 2011
ID : B13K7906 [4896 x 3264]

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Western Bluebird Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Santa Monica (Penmar Golf Course), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.5W, elev=27' MAP
Date: April 28, 2011
ID : B13K7903 [4896 x 3264]

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Western Bluebird Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Santa Monica (Penmar Golf Course), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.5W, elev=27' MAP
Date: April 28, 2011
ID : B13K7907 [4896 x 3264]

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Western Bluebird Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Jacinto Wildlife Area, CA
GPS: 33.9N, -117.1W, elev=1,426' MAP
Date: August 8, 2008
ID : 7C2V6866 [3888 x 2592]

Western Bluebird (juvenile)
 
 
Location: Silverado, CA (Maple Springs)
GPS: 33.7N, -117.5W, elev=4,309' MAP
Date: June 27, 2009
ID : 7C2V9728_tight [3888 x 2592]

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Western Bluebird Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Lake Cachuma, CA
GPS: 34.6N, -120.0W, elev=845' MAP
Date: December 8, 2007
ID : 7669 [3888 x 2592]

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Location: Lake Cachuma, CA
GPS: 34.6N, -120.0W, elev=845' MAP
Date: December 8, 2007
ID : 7671 [3888 x 2592]

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Location: Huntington Beach (Central Park), CA
GPS: 33.7N, -118.0W, elev=4' MAP
Date: September 30, 2007
ID : 3791 [3888 x 2592]

Western Bluebird Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Huntington Beach (Central Park), CA
GPS: 33.7N, -118.0W, elev=4' MAP
Date: September 30, 2007
ID : 3806 [3888 x 2592]

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Western Bluebird Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Huntington Beach (Central Park), CA
GPS: 33.7N, -118.0W, elev=4' MAP
Date: September 30, 2007
ID : 3795 [3888 x 2592]

Western Bluebird Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Huntington Beach (Central Park), CA
GPS: 33.7N, -118.0W, elev=4' MAP
Date: September 30, 2007
ID : 3775 [3888 x 2592]

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Western Bluebird Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Huntington Beach (Central Park), CA
GPS: 33.7N, -118.0W, elev=4' MAP
Date: September 30, 2007
ID : 3777 [3888 x 2592]

Western Bluebird Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Huntington Beach (Central Park), CA
GPS: 33.7N, -118.0W, elev=4' MAP
Date: September 30, 2007
ID : 3801 [3888 x 2592]

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Western Bluebird Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Huntington Beach (Central Park), CA
GPS: 33.7N, -118.0W, elev=4' MAP
Date: September 30, 2007
ID : 3804 [3888 x 2592]

Western Bluebird Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Huntington Beach (Central Park), CA
GPS: 33.7N, -118.0W, elev=4' MAP
Date: September 30, 2007
ID : 3810 [3888 x 2592]

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Location: Huntington Beach (Central Park), CA
GPS: 33.7N, -118.0W, elev=4' MAP
Date: September 30, 2007
ID : 3812 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) is a medium-sized thrush.

Adults have a grey belly. Adult males are bright blue on top and on the throat with a red breast; they have a brown patch on their back. Adult females have duller blue wings and tail, a brownish breast and a grey crown, throat and back.

Northern birds migrate to the southern parts of the range; southern birds are often permanent residents.

These birds wait on a perch and fly down to catch insects, sometimes catching them in midair. They mainly eat insects and berries.

Their breeding habitat is semi-open country across western North America, but not desert areas. They nest in cavities or in nest boxes, competing with Tree Swallows, House Sparrows, and European Starlings for natural nesting locations. Because of the high level of competition, Tree swallows often attack western bluebirds for their nests. The attacks are made both in groups or alone, though only when in groups can the swallows evict the bluebirds from their nests.

In restored forests Western Bluebirds have a higher probability of successfully fledging young than in untreated forests, but they are at greater risk of parasitic infestations. The effects on post-fledging survival are unknown. Western Bluebirds have been found to enjoy more success with nest boxes than in natural cavities. They started egg laying earlier, had higher nesting success, lower predation rates, and fledged more young in boxes than in cavities but they did not have larger clutches of eggs.



                                     




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