[Douglbirds] Blue days
Hugh and Urling Kingery
ouzels8 at aol.com
Thu May 20 11:25:09 EDT 2010
We have a plethora of blue birds. Western Bluebirds (they have replaced the nesting Mountain Bluebirds of a few years ago), Tree Swallows, Scrub-jays, Blue Jay (only one left from the dozens last winter), and Steller's Jays.
Lazuli Buntings arrived a week or 10 days ago but yesterday we watched a gorgeous Lazuli/Indigo hybrid: all lazuli-blue, white belly, no wing bars, a bit darker in the face.
Today, on the hanging flat feeder: a Blue Grosbeak -- the first we've seen in our yard. It fed for 5 minutes and disappeared. We decided that a mystery song we heard (while still in bed) must have been this bird. It didn't seem totally adult -- besides the chestnut wing bars it also had rust in the back. We would welcome it as a summer resident.
Our first, and so far only, Lesser Goldfinch tested the cylinder feeder on Sunday, May 15.
As Karen Metz said, most of the summer breeders have, at last, arrived -- though some seem a week or more late.
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