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Juvenile Western Bluebird

Sialia mexicana


Photographed at our neighborhood park, San Pablo Park, in Berkeley, CA.


Western Bluebird breeding habitat is semi-open country, excluding desert areas. The year round range includes California, southern Rocky Mountains, Arizona, and New Mexico in the U.S., and as far south as the states of Oaxaca and Veracruz in Mexico. The summer breeding range extends as far north as the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and Montana. Northern birds can migrate to the southern parts of the range; southern birds are often permanent residents.

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KarenL 10 years ago

Excellent shot!

ceherzog 10 years ago


Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 10 years ago


lmdang 10 years ago

Gorgeous, Melanie!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Third picture is very ideal..!!

MelanieHofmann 10 years ago

I have my friend Rusty who lives around the corner to thank for introducing me to the bluebirds in our local park. Thanks to all for your comments!

PunkusArnett 10 years ago

An amazing shot! thanks for sharing

UnckieBob 10 years ago

Very nice!

NicoleB 10 years ago

Awesome photos of this beautiful birdie!

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 10 years ago

Congrats Melanie! :-)

HELLO 10 years ago

Good shot!

Yasser 10 years ago

Hey Melanie, it was such a cool little fact I came across when looking for interesting tidbits about these birds. Another one was that genetic studies showed "45% of nests had young that were not fathered by the defending male" fascinating! You can read all these facts and more at Cornell's All About Birds site. Great shots and welcome to Project Noah :)

Trinary Ouroboros
Trinary Ouroboros 10 years ago

Pretty cool, good shots

MelanieHofmann 10 years ago

I have never seen a Violet-green swallow around here! There are tree and barn swallows nearby, but I've never seen one at this park in Berkeley. I looked them up. Beautiful birds! I have been practicing for a couple years on photographing hummingbirds, so capturing a bluebird in flight was not too hard.

Yasser 10 years ago

Spotting of the Day!

"This juvenile Western Bluebird might have a Swallow to thank for its health and safety as Violet-green Swallows have been observed feeding and defending nests of Western Bluebirds."

InannaBintAli 10 years ago

You must have quick reflexes to capture such a clear image of a bird in flight.

MelanieHofmann 10 years ago

I have a fine arts background in textiles (hand painted and printed fabrics mostly) and picked up photography about 2.5 years ago. I got into birds via my camera and am still learning to ID them. I have a couple of neighbors who are avid birders, so that helps with the ID factor. One of them put up a nesting box in the park when the City cut down the limb that they used to nest in. I have some nice albums on Facebook:

SusanEllison 10 years ago

great shots as always!!

Nicholas4 10 years ago


ceherzog 10 years ago

Fantastic shots...may I assume you are a birder and obviously a photographer.

alicelongmartin 10 years ago

Good pictures. I have never seen it before.

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Alameda, California, USA

Spotted on Jun 29, 2011
Submitted on Aug 15, 2011


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