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Poverty Pete

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Name that bird Thu, 05/18/06 7:49 PM (permalink)
Paul, this one is for you...or any other birdwatchers around.
I saw the most beautiful bird today. It was in a cornfield. It was the size of a bluebird, but the color was dark blue, sort of cobalt. The very edge of the tail seemed to change to a grey. Name that bird!
 
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    seafarer john

    RE: Name that bird Thu, 05/18/06 8:33 PM (permalink)
    Indigo bunting

    Cheers, John
     
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      Zman

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      • Location: Anchorage, AK
      RE: Name that bird Thu, 05/18/06 9:30 PM (permalink)
      Did it have a black head with a crown?
       
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        Vince Macek

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        RE: Name that bird Thu, 05/18/06 10:13 PM (permalink)
        Roberto?
         
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          Jimeats

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          RE: Name that bird Thu, 05/18/06 11:04 PM (permalink)
          Would it be a Cow Bird? Very pretty and a dark area on the end of the tail. Chow Jim
           
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            Poverty Pete

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            RE: Name that bird Fri, 05/19/06 12:17 AM (permalink)
            John, I believe you got it right. I've never seen one before, but what a beauty!
             
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              sizz

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              RE: Name that bird Fri, 05/19/06 12:43 AM (permalink)
              Pete .........it all depends on what part of the country you saw this bird. Your from Nashville so I presume you saw this bird some where in that vicinity ................... so my guess is that you saw a Scrub Jay ........... maybe .....lol
              Let me try to find a picture to post ..........Frank

              was it like this?..........
              or this the Indigo Bunting is a small bird only about 4 1/4 inches long
               
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                kland01s

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                RE: Name that bird Fri, 05/19/06 6:08 AM (permalink)
                Saw one myself yesterday, Indigo Bunting. Looked in my records and seems one has appeared in my yard every year around the same date, May 22 last year, May 15 the year before.
                 
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                  Copperhedzkettle

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                  RE: Name that bird Fri, 05/19/06 10:06 AM (permalink)

                  Last Spring I discovered I live on the migratory (sp?) path of the Hummingbird, Indigo Bunting, Blue bunting and the Bluegrosbeak.

                  I WAS GLUED TO MY WINDOWS FOR FIVE DAYS!

                  I expect to see them soon, but their timing may be a tad off due to the unusually cool Spring we have experienced here in GA.

                  Please excuse my feeble attempts at photography, it was my maiden voyage into bird-watchin/phototakin. I was shooting the Diggie Cam I had painstakingly positioned on a beat/to/hell/and/back bean bag chair, through a pair of binocs, through a window. I am aware whut a high tech method this wuz, and hope you are still following me here.

                  Here's what has been identified by my fav Bird-watchin site as a Blue Bunting, some said Indigo. All looked black in the shade, but turned either a turquoise or cobalt/almost/purple in the sun. Quite fascinating and unbelievably difficult to capture their true color. It changes so qucikly.



                  Here's what the site identified as a Bluegrosneck. Notice the scarlet or rust color on the wings.



                  Here's another fumbling attempt by "yers twooley" from my Adobe Photoshop 4.0 to give you an idea of the difference in size. IB or BB to the left, Bluegrosbeak to the right.



                  I counted as many as 27 Buntings at a given time. Here are five in one shot right at my front porch. (look for the blue blurs....Bwa-hahahhahahah) In case you are wondering, thats the self-deprecating laugh I have perfected it to an optimal level over the years.



                  This shot is from my "The One That Got Away" folder. I have a trillion more stories of missed wildlife shot opportunities than ANY fisherman out there. Would this not be a gorgeous photo if I had known whut the heck I wuz doin? (the blur you see is a IB in flight)



                  I posted these photos last year, but thought it appropriate to display again on this thread. It also brought to my attention that I have been on Roadfood.com for a year. So its practically MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

                  Where has all the time gone?

                  Last but not least this is my Sun Conure sitting 30' in a tree. It took all day to get her back. (This was last spring too. Since I am reminiscing I may as well limit it to one post.)

                  Shadie Ladie (my parrot) is alive and well, and still a big pain in the Pitooey.





                  Cause for celebration,
                  Happy Springtime!
                  Happy Birthday to ME!

                  Best to all at Roadfood,
                  Copper






                   
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                    roossy90

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                    RE: Name that bird Fri, 05/19/06 12:37 PM (permalink)
                    Where's Sundancer when you need him?
                    Probably out birding!
                     
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                      Poverty Pete

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                      RE: Name that bird Fri, 05/19/06 9:41 PM (permalink)
                      Frank, thanks for the photos. I am convinced that what I spotted was an Indigo Bunting. I've been mildly interested in bird-watching for a long time, but this one was just breath-taking.
                       
                      #11
                        Sundancer7

                        RE: Name that bird Mon, 05/22/06 1:11 PM (permalink)
                        I see a lot of indigo buntings out in the country usually in the power lines chasing insects. That is a very good possibility Poverty. Another possibility is the blue grosbeak. I have only seen about a dozen in my life. They are seed eaters.

                        Roossy was right about my birding. I was in Chicago to Door County eating and birding. I saw sandhill cranes, Baltimore Orioles, hawks and a lot of other species.

                        Paul E. Smith
                        Knoxville, TN
                         
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                          PapaJoe8

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                          RE: Name that bird Mon, 05/22/06 3:32 PM (permalink)
                          Wow, neat pics Copper! And happy B day!
                          Joe
                           
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                            Poverty Pete

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                            RE: Name that bird Mon, 05/22/06 8:04 PM (permalink)
                            If Copper's photos are right, what I saw was the bunting. The beak and size weren't like the grosbeak.
                             
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