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Western Bluebird
This male posed on a wire near our hawk watching site. In many areas, this species has declined because of nest site competition from introduced European Starlings, but the bluebirds seem to be increasing locally as they continue to adapt to residential areas. Although monogamous, genetic studies have found that 45% of nests have young that were not fathered by the defending male. This is the subspecies "S. m. occidentalis" found along the Coastal Slope from British Columbia to Baja. They are variable in appearance but their blue color averages paler than other races.
Location
Marin Headlands, Sausalito, California, USA.
Date taken
19 October 2021.
Scientific name
Sialia mexicana
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Opus Editor
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Aaaw!!! Oh how pretty he is Joe.

That's a fabulous picture of this bluebird - well done lad.
 

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Category
North America
Added by
jmorlan
Date added
View count
181
Comment count
5

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Device
Canon Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Aperture
ƒ/6.5
Focal length
247.0 mm
Exposure time
1/1000 second(s)
ISO
320
Filename
WesternBluebirdIMG_9601.jpg
File size
128.9 KB
Date taken
Tue, 19 October 2021 12:13 PM
Dimensions
1024px x 1026px

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