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Old Jan 25, 2012, 10:30 PM   #11
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Thanks Mole, we'll take you up on that offer our next trip up that way!!
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Old Jan 26, 2012, 4:05 PM   #12
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Saly - Thanks for your kind words. Are Western Bluebirds always scarce, or just in your area. Eastern Bluebirds are VERY COMMON here in East Tennessee, especially in the winter. Preferred habitat is old fields with some forest edges nearby. Wonder if your western species enjoys a similar habitat...
mole - while they are not officially on the endangered list, their population has declined significantly on the west coast due to loss of habitat and increase of house sparrows. There's been a very active group of people working hard to bring them back and protect them. Many people (like me!) put up nest boxes to encourage nesting. In the 40+ years I've lived in the Los Angeles area, I've only seen about 6, and they were all within the last 3 years, so I guess we are successful in bringing them back! I was totally thrilled when I saw this guy at a nearby botanical garden a couple of months ago! They like to nest in semi-open woods.


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