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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  2. This is wonderful! I just posted a note about the Indigo Buntings that have appeared here to feast. But I'm jealous of your Painted Bunting.. . would love to see one. I tried to take a picture of the brilliant red male Cardinals and the cobalt Buntings at our feeder, but the photo looks like I spilled red and blue ink -- very muddy and not clear.

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