Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Creature Feature – Lazuli Buntings

lazuli bunting

“Creature Feature” is a new idea I decided to implement into my blog. The idea behind it is to “feature” a specific species; whether it is a bird, mammal, or insect, and tell my GREAT viewers a little about the creature, and show you some of the images I captured of the little beasty. 🙂 I hope you all enjoy this first Creature Feature, and learn a little something along the way. I thought that this beautiful winged-wonder would be a nice way to start this off.

“Lazuli Bunting”…now doesn’t that sound like some kind of exotic sports car from Europe? It does to me. In all reality and comparison, it is certainly an exotic looking species for our neck of the woods. I have had the great fortune to spend several days photographing these wondrous beauties. The male in all his glorious “blueness”, and the female all sleek, sassy, and slender; they make a great couple as far as birds go!

The Lazuli Bunting is a migratory bird who breeds from British Columbia through the western United States, and spends winters south of the US/Mexico border. They prefer bushes, shrubs, and thickets, and weedy pastures to nest and feed on mainly seeds. An interesting fact about the mature male Bunting, is that they only sing one song, composed of a series of different syllables, and unique to each individual bird. Pretty cool!!

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Down by the River

lazuli buntingHere in the Pacific Northwest, the first week of Summer brought us a very wet, and stormy weekend. Finding myself frustrated and indoors, as soon as the sky broke open and blue appeared, I was on my way out the door with camera gear in tow!

I made a snap decision to go explore some new (to me) areas in Oregon, and scout some locations for future outings as well. It ended up being a very productive day, with several species of birds that I had not yet seen this year. Among those were the beautiful Lazuli Bunting, Willow Flycatcher, and Rufous Hummingbird. I couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon!!

Willow FlycatcherLazuli Bunting (male)Willow FlycatcherAmerican Goldfinch

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