The Bluebird of Happiness
Male Western Bluebird
The Western Bluebird lives here year round. But even in the wilds of Humboldt, their habitat is disappearing and they compete with European Starlings for nesting space so catching a glimpse of this one perched on my just pruned maple delighted me.
In the warmer months they eat insects but through the winter they largely subsist on mistletoe berries. The cutting down of oak forests for vineyards and human sprawl is leading to a loss of the mistletoe and of them. Sadly they are listed on the Audubon Watch List now.