Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Indigo Bunting in Polk Co., Oregon

Today, just 20 miles from my home, I enjoyed one of birdings' chief pleasures: seeing and hearing a vagrant bird; that is, a bird that has for some reason strayed far from its normal range. This Indigo Bunting, rarely found west of the Rocky Mts., has established a territory on an Oregon hillside here in the Willamette Valley. The local Lazuli Buntings are not accepting his presence gracefully, but he continues to chase the males away from his chosen oak tree, and if singing is considered a good way to attract a mate, he should soon have one. Today a female Lazuli was hanging out in his tree, and that seemed to be okay with him.


At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is one of the prettiest birds I have ever seen.It's coler is beautiful! Sarah

At 9:10 AM, Blogger Leelo the Funnies Thing In Town said...

That is a nice bird! How can you tell
a female from a male? How can you tell which kind of bird it is? Well
anyway that's one of my favorite birds now and, it is also one of the prettiest birds I have known of!

At 11:02 AM, Blogger bhoward said...

Hi Birders!

We had EIGHT Indigo Buntings eating our driveway seeds this weekend May 15, 2011 in Milton-Freewater!


Our usual crowd of Sparrows, House Finches, a few Gold Finches, Ring-neck doves, and quail didn't seem to mind sharing.

The quail came along to clean up later.

Bill & Ann Howard in Milton-Freewater


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