Western bluebird sighting

Thursday, May 8, 2014

I was about 75 yards from the McIntosh Humanities Building on the CSULB campus yesterday afternoon around 1:45 p.m. when I spotted a dark blue (almost an indigo) bird about six inches in length. Its chest had a solid patch of light bronze, reddish yellow. I looked at images of birds on my computer when I got to my office and as far as I can tell, I saw a Western bluebird, which was quite scarce in this area just a few years ago according to an article I found. I certainly have never seen one before. I pointed it out to David Dowell as he walked past and the bird flew to another bough, and then darted into the distance. David’s eyes could still detect the blue iridescence even when the bird was over fifty yards away