Re: Indigo Bunting at Quail Hill Trailhead

Ron Grabyan

Several birders were tracking the Indigo Bunting at Quail Hill Loop Trail yesterday, May 23, at about 11:00 am.  I was able to wait patiently enough to capture a photo amongst the tall waving Black Mustard.



The Indigo Bunting was singing continually through the birding time frame.  It generally was perched high in tall Black Mustard, occasionally moving to another nearby perch. Once it flew off to the east several hundred yards, only to return after 10 minutes to within 50 yards of its original perching area.  The bird was located near the entrance to the Quail Hill Loop Trail--walk from the parking lot about 50 to 100 yards to a "T" in the trail; turn right (east), and the Indigo Bunting was found about 200 to 300 yards down the trail on the left-hand side (north) of the trail.  It was generally about 100 to 150 feet from the trail in the Black Mustard, but when it returned from its trip down the trail, it settled about 30 feet from the trail for this photo.  Interesting plumage—winter/molting, getting prepared for breeding plumage? 

Ron Grabyan

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