Well, I did it... I figured it would be good to try to draw in some new readers, so I joined the A-Z Challenge. There will be no big changes, except I'll find ways to tack my finds to the appropriate letter of the alphabet. If I begin to get a huge number of comments that are just the "passing through" kind, I may not respond to them all.
Now, for the B. There are still several nifty things from the Saturday hike to show you. One of the very best was spotting a male Indigo Bunting, Passerina Cyanea.
They are shockingly blue! But only when it's time to show off to the drab, brown ladies. The rest of the year, they are just brown, too.
The biggest surprise to me, as I put this picture on Shark Shots, was to learn that they are cousins of the cardinal. They are a family of birds, Cardinalidae with large beaks for seed-eating. Some grosbeaks and some buntings, as well as cardinals fit here.
Ellen says that they come to her feeder, but I don't see the indigo buntings very often. I absolutely love them. The slightly more subtle Eastern Bluebird is still my favorite blue bird, for reasons I can't really identify, but the indigo bunting just ZINGS.
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