Photo of the Week: Western Bluebirds

9/2/2013 | 1

Western Bluebirds ©2013 Allen Hirsch

Western Bluebirds ©2013 Allen Hirsch

A male Western Bluebird feeds a hungry juvenile on a wooden beam. Subscriber Allen Hirsch of Oakland, California, shot the photo in mid-May 2013 at San Pablo Park, a small city park in nearby Berkeley that is dominated by baseball fields and tennis and basketball courts. Allen used a Canon 50D and a 500mm lens.

Local birders “have been surprised that bluebirds have nested and successfully fledged young in such an urban setting as this park,” Allen says. “Conventional wisdom says that House Sparrows would overtake the nesting boxes and push the bluebirds out.”

We’re happy to see the bluebirds overcame the odds.

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  • Ilana DeBare

    This great photo is one of the 12 images featured in Golden Gate Audubon’s 2014 Birds of the SF Bay Area wall calendar. The other photos are equally amazing. You can view and order the calendar online at