Visitors to the Landmarks can spot the western bluebird, a fairly small species with a charming personality. These small, colorful birds are named for their distinctive blue plumage and can be found in oak woodlands and parks. Male western bluebirds usually have blue coloring on top with orange accents on their chest, while females have mostly gray coloring with orange and blue tints on the chest, wings and tail. The combination of colors distinguishes western bluebirds from eastern bluebirds, which have an orange throat, and mountain bluebirds, which do not have any orange coloring.
These colorful birds may be seen flying overhead or perched on fences and tree branches throughout the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Next time you are out on the trails, keep an eye out for western bluebirds! To learn more about wildlife on the Landmarks, visit IRConservancy.org.