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      Found a baby bird or a sick or injured bird?   07/11/17

      Here is a short article with advice for what to do if you find a baby bird or one that appears to be sick or injured. Bird rescue article Please feel free to post here if you have questions or need more help.
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Gray throat, no distinct mustache, gray head, looks like a Western Bluebird, which would fit the location better.

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3 hours ago, triciav83 said:

Was this picture taken in the SF Bay Area, or somewhere else?  

(I replied to this about an hour ago from my iPhone, but nothing posted, so I'm trying again from my computer.)

This was in Mitchell Canyon at the foot of Mt Diablo, about a 50 minute drive East of the Bay. 

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Thanks very much for the replies. Hmm, so if this is a Western Bluebird, are we talking about a juvenile? On the same outing I took the picture below, which I assumed was a female Western Bluebird, and which is obviously blue, whereas the bird in the photo above is not blue at all. Well, maybe a touch of light blue on the rump?

EDIT: Bird in photo redesignated as male after discussion with forum members.

39656373250_02a696b415_o.jpgWestern Bluebird, male by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr

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32 minutes ago, IvoryBillHope said:

Female in the original post, and that more recent photo is a male. 

Ah, the Universe is unfolding as it should. Thank you!

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45 minutes ago, IvoryBillHope said:

Female in the original post, and that more recent photo is a male. 

Hmm, would you then say that the bird in this image has been incorrectly identified as a possible female (or juvenile). It looks very similar to the bird in the second photo I posted, even the way it holds its epaulettes over its wing (though I don't suppose that is gender-specific).

From the Cornell Lab's "All About Birds" 

 

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Could be an immature female in your first photo. I believe they are a bit more drab. 

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At any rate, definitely a Western Bluebird. I should have gone to real estate school and learned about location, location, location!

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They do show some variation in brightness, but that bird in the Cornell lab's picture would be very hard to call a female, at least going by Pyle. Perhaps a SY male, but the bright blue tail feathers, the intense rufous below, and the rather bright blue primary coverts don't suggest female.

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