2016—Drab Bird

I noticed a lone bird perched atop a branch at Antelope Community Park the other day and took three shots.  Then I got distracted by some woodpeckers and when I looked back the bird was gone.  I hadn’t seen this bird previously.  After a search of  my Sibley Guide to Birds I think it is a female Western Bluebird.  I’ve seen Western Bluebirds around the area a few times but usually in pairs and usually the blue male makes it easy to identify.  But, the ruddy breast and the white eye ring  of this bird finally led me to the bluebirds and I discovered there are Drab Adults and Bright Adults.  This one certainly qualifies as a Drab Adult and female bluebirds generally are pretty drab compared to the males.

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