Mountain Bluebird/Indigo Bunting
- I stirred up a mountain bluebird (?) laying in the gravel of my drive
5 feet of Highway 175 in McDowell Valley at 5:00 PM today 2/21/07
(dusky, cloudy conditions). I was only 15 feet from him when he
decided to fly off. He hovered near an old oak and finally landed in
a low branch.
Due to his size, I thought at first it was an indigo bunting. He was
no more than 6 inches long (if that), and his wings were more rounded
and shorter than you'd expect from mountain bluebird. I couldn't ID his
bill. There were no other colors than blue.
Could this have been a rare occurrence of a bunting? Sibley Guide
says it's possible. Or should I just accept that it was a
mountain bluebird in all its glory. What a sight!