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"Western Bluebird"
Western Bluebird:   


John Kirk Townsend, 1836:    "Sialia occidentalis., Western Blue Bird. Description. Colour bright blue; shoulders and lower part of the breast, chestnut-rufous; chin and upper part of the breast, azure; belly and vent faintly tinged with blue. Female and young, grayish, faintly tinged with blue, becoming brighter on the rump, wings and tail; beneath, pale rufous, and gray. The bill is longer than that of the common native species, which it strongly resembeles in many respects. Inhabits the plains of the Columbia river." -- (Source: John Kirk Townsend, 1836, Description of Twelve New Species of Birds, chiefly from the vicinity of the Columbia river, IN: Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1837, Vol.II, Part II.)

 
January ... Woodland Bottoms, Washington ...

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Western Bluebird, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington. Cold sunny winter day, slight breeze, temps in the low 30s. Image taken January 6, 2017. Nikon P900.


February ... Hamilton Island, Washington ...

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Western Bluebird, male (left) and female (right), Hamilton Island, Skamania County, Washington. Image taken February 25, 2017. Nikon P900.


March ... Lyle, Washington ...

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Western Bluebird, Lyle-Balch Cemetery, Lyle, Washington. Sunny nice spring day. Image taken March 12, 2014. Canon EOS 7d,400mm.
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Western Bluebird, Lyle-Balch Cemetery, Lyle, Washington. Sunny nice spring day. Image taken March 12, 2014. Canon EOS 7d,400mm.


May ... Mosier, Oregon ...

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Western Bluebird, Mosier Oregon. Nice sunny spring day. Image taken May 4, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


May ... Toutle River, Washington ...

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Western Bluebird, male (left) and female in nestbox (right), Toutle River, Washington. Image taken May 17, 2011. Canon EOS, 200z.
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female in nestbox, Toutle River, Washington. Image taken May 17, 2011. Canon EOS, 200z.


May ... Toutle River, Washington ...

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Western Bluebird, male (left) and female (right), Toutle River, Washington. Image taken May 30, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Western Bluebirds feeding young, Toutle River, Washington. Image taken May 30, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


June ... Lyle, Washington ...

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Western Bluebird, male, Lyle-Balch Cemetery, Lyle, Washington. Image taken June 12, 2012. Canon Rebel, 300mm w/1.4.


June ... Lyle, Washington ...

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Western Bluebird, male, Lyle-Balch Cemetery, Lyle, Washington. Image taken June 15, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Western Bluebird, female, Lyle-Balch Cemetery, Lyle, Washington. Image taken June 15, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Western Bluebird, male, Lyle-Balch Cemetery, Lyle, Washington. Image taken June 15, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Western Bluebird, male, Lyle-Balch Cemetery, Lyle, Washington. Image taken June 15, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Western Bluebird, female, Lyle-Balch Cemetery, Lyle, Washington. Image taken June 15, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


... fledgling ...

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Western Bluebird, fledgling, Lyle-Balch Cemetery, Lyle, Washington. Image taken June 15, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


July ... Lyle, Washington ...

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Western Bluebird fledgling, Lyle-Balch Cemetery, Lyle, Washington. Sunny summer day, slightly hazy. Image taken July 21, 2014. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Western Bluebird, Lyle-Balch Cemetery, Lyle, Washington. Sunny summer day, slightly hazy. Image taken July 21, 2014. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Western Bluebird, Lyle-Balch Cemetery, Lyle, Washington. Sunny summer day, slightly hazy. Image taken July 21, 2014. Canon EOS 7d,400mm.
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Western Bluebird, Lyle-Balch Cemetery, Lyle, Washington. Sunny summer day, slightly hazy. Image taken July 21, 2014. Canon EOS 7d,400mm.


September ... Benton County Fairgrounds, Corvallis, Oregon ...

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Western Bluebird, female (left) and male (right), Corvallis, Oregon. Benton County Fairgrounds. Left image taken September 12, 2009. Right image taken September 11, 2009.


... 2008 ...

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Western Bluebird, male, Corvallis, Oregon. Benton County Fairgrounds. Images taken September 27, 2008. Canon Rebel, 200mm.
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Western Bluebird, female, Corvallis, Oregon. Benton County Fairgrounds. Images taken September 27, 2008. Canon Rebel, 200mm.
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Western Bluebird, female, Corvallis, Oregon. Benton County Fairgrounds. Images taken September 28, 2008. Canon Rebel, 200mm.
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Western Bluebird, female, Corvallis, Oregon. Benton County Fairgrounds. Images taken September 28, 2008. Canon Rebel, 200mm.
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Western Bluebirds, Corvallis, Oregon. Benton County Fairgrounds. Images taken September 28, 2008. Canon Rebel, 200mm.



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