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Saturday, March 27, 2010

They're (Starting to Get) Heeeeere!

Although they usually arrive here like clockwork on April 7th, the first of the migrating indigo buntings was in our backyard today;




This one's still getting his breeding plumage in. When they first started coming here 3 years ago we had just a few, the next year we had 7, last year 17 showed up. I hope the trend continues.

23 comments:

YogaforCynics said...

Showing up early, no less...let's hope there are lots more on the way...

David Cranmer said...

Very picturesque.

v said...

pretty, pretty. i took some bird photos today, without my tripod, not a good things.

these are beautiful.

Lana Gramlich said...

Dr. Jay; Yes, our Wintering birds are staying longer & the Spring pass-throughs are coming earlier. Makes for an interesting combination, anyway!

David; Thanks. :)

v; I rarely drag my tripod out, but as you say, that's probably not a good thing. *L*

Cloudia said...

You must have known that we have been missing your posts, Lana.


Aloha from Hawaii my Friend!


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kyungmee said...

Oh my goodness! How sweet. images..they are precious!

Dave Coulter said...

LUCKY you! One of my favorites. Send a few north, please :)

Chrissy said...

Wow, the colour is amazing...How lovely? It is good that you ae getting more, I do hope that soem of the birds we have encouraged this year will multiply.It would be nice. I cannot think of anything we have that is that colour!

Travis said...

Yesterday Mr Tucker had a wonderful hour watching little birds through our sliding glass door. I realized that the new design for the back deck presents excellent spots for nests. The little birds are already starting to explore the possibilities.

troutbirder said...

Oh my. Lucky you to have so many. We have them here on the tundra about once a decade.

Lana Gramlich said...

Cloudia; I've been posting as often as usual, so I'm not sure what you've missed, but thanks!

kyungmee; Thank you. :)

Dave Coulter; If I'm seeing them, that means they're on their way, hon. They typically spend about 3 weeks here, so be on the lookout in about a month. ;)

Chrissy; In full breeding plumage they're completely blue. I keep hoping that one of these days we'll see painted buntings out here. I love the indigo buntings, too, but I've never seen a painted bunting in "real" life.

Travis; That's awesome on the deck. Get pictures for us, if it pans out!

troutbirder; Believe me, when I first started seeing them out here I practically danced through the house with excitement. They're a highlight of my birding year (if not THE highlight.)

mick said...

Great photos and that is a very beautiful little bird.

Wren said...

Great photos, Lana. I love indigo buntings - their deep blue color is incredible. I've only seen them in the wild once or twice - you're fortunate to have so many in your own backyard.

Kelly said...

Ohhhh....lucky you! I think we have a while to wait, and they don't come to our feeders. I have to seek them out in the woods on the trail... Lovely photos capturing the beautiful blue...

debra said...

Migrating patterns seem to be changing here, too. Goldfinches weren't gone very long, and some have already returned. Breeding males are getting their bright yellow plumage!

NicoleB said...

(Writing the comment for a second time, thanks to blogger, grmbl)

Those are gorgeous!
The colours are amazing.

It seems that migration patterns are changing all over the globe.
We shall see what that brings in the coming years.

Cheers from Egypt!

Amy said...

Sounds like a good trend to me. Yay for the first arrival, here's to many more!

Neil said...

Hope you get a lot more this time.

NatureFootstep said...

looks like a cool bird, short and sturdy. :) Sure it is fun when they comes back :)

eric1313 said...

The increase in frequency just might be another sign of global climate change. Interesting. However, I don't worry about it too much. There have been many times in our planet's history where there were no Icecaps at all. These things happen, and little specks like we really are going to be hard pressed to stop the overall pattern, only our acceleration of it.

I hope you two are OK.

Best wishes!

Johnny Nutcase said...

aw, i love the indigos! They're awesome! Lucky that you've got them in your backyard...every year, species seem to come earlier and earlier, hmm. Fun shots!

Larry said...

Beautiful captures Lana. What a gorgeous bird is the Indigo Bunting. I have yet to see one but I am looking forward to our Lazuli Buntings out West.

Lynda Lehmann said...

Wow, they are just beautiful! I never see them around here, on LI!

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