Bluebirds of Happiness

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Bluebirds of Happiness
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Caught these Western Bluebirds at my birdbath Friday as a small flock of seven spent time examining a nest box, drinking and bathing.

Long considered a harbinger of hope and happiness, these bluebirds couldn't have come at a more appropriate time following our month of sadness and disaster. Welcome!

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two abbys Feb 03, 2018 09:26 PM
Bluebirds of Happiness

Wow they are beautiful! Last year for the first time I hung up a feeder filled with mealworms hoping to attract bluebirds, no luck so far. Maybe I need to hang it in a more open area? I live in SY and see them often on fences along open fields.

Flicka Feb 03, 2018 04:10 PM
Bluebirds of Happiness

Remember a song from the 60's, "May the bluebird of happiness fly up your nose"? Are these the ones do you suppose?

Odds Bodkin Feb 03, 2018 03:54 PM
Bluebirds of Happiness

OP.These are Santa Barbara/Noleta border. Several came by last year at this time but did not choose one of our nest boxes. Hoping this year will be different. We put out live meal worms to attract.

a-1576166275 Feb 03, 2018 03:46 PM
Bluebirds of Happiness

I forgot to add: terrific photo. Love it.

a-1576166275 Feb 03, 2018 03:46 PM
Bluebirds of Happiness

Much to my surprise, I have seen Western bluebirds at Shoreline Park----not recently, but within the past year. Bluebirds don't come to my feeders (Upper Eastside) not in 30 years of offering millet and sunflower seed. Mainly insectivorous, Western bluebirds will eat fruit and seeds as well. Supposedly they eat snails, too, but I have a hard time believing that.

a-1576166275 Feb 03, 2018 01:40 PM
Bluebirds of Happiness

Which part of the county? Santa Barbara? Goleta? Santa Ynez?

tagdes Feb 03, 2018 03:46 PM
Bluebirds of Happiness

They are listed as a common County bird but most easily seen around Santa Ynez and Solvang areas. I've seen them out on the bluffs at Elwood and around the road to nowhere. We got them for a CBC (X-mas bird count) in a private area behind the Mission here as one of the Padres puts out suet feeders for them. You can find where to look for any bird just by logging on to eBird.org range map.

ginger1 Feb 03, 2018 11:50 AM
Bluebirds of Happiness

Great pic! I'll trade you my Scrub Jays for your Bluebirds. I'm looking for something quieter and less demanding. Hint: don't friend your Jays. Especially do not feed them unshelled peanuts. They'll stash them all around your house and still demand more!

LDighera Feb 04, 2018 12:36 PM
Bluebirds of Happiness

Scrub Jays are smart fellows. See if you can hand tame them like Steve: http://www.unixwiz.net/personal/

Flicka Feb 03, 2018 11:10 AM
Bluebirds of Happiness

Beautiful, I've never seen any before. Thank you.

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