Saturday, April 18, 2009

Magic on the Wing


Thursday, when I got home from wrestling rosemary bushes with my fellow volunteer gardeners, Denny rushed me to the back window to share the vision.

An Indigo Bunting, the first we've seen in Texas, he's a first-year male, bright blue scuffed with the brown of youth. He'll be a pure brilliant cobalt by courting-time next year.

He's small,maybe 5.5 inches long, but he flew perhaps a thousand miles from his wintering grounds to my backyard, navigating by the stars.

Extraordinary life.



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