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Western bluebird perching in a ‘No Parking’ zone

Western bluebird perching in a “No Parking” zone. Photo by Ethan Winning, Walnut Creek, CA
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Gary:
It was a dark and stormy morning in Walnut Creek, but for the first time in 38 years, we had Western bluebirds visiting us near our backyard. Even though it was 9:30 a.m., this guy decided to violate parking regs, and I decided to take his picture.
Ethan Winning, Walnut Creek, California

Ethan:
He better watch it or he’s going to get a ticket! /Gary

Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2012
Under: Western bluebirds | 1 Comment »

Western bluebirds: Catching insects in a pesticide-free garden

Western bluebird parents catching insects to feed young. (Brian Murphy/Walnut Creek, CA)
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Gary:
Attached is what happens when western bluebirds nest in a pesticide-free garden like The Gardens at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek, CA. There is such an abundance of insects to feed young, the parents have to take turns to get into the nest box as they are catching insects so quickly.  The flight to catch insects is less than 100 feet from the box into the gardens.
Brian, Walnut Creek, California

Brian:
Down with pesticides … UP with bluebirds! Thanks, Brian! /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
Under: Bird nests, Birds, Western bluebirds | 1 Comment »