several minutes at no more than 10 feet through window, photo taken
DID YOU TAKE NOTES?
No, not at all
DID YOU CONSULT A FIELD GUIDE OR OTHER REFERENCE WORK?
Yes, later the same day
WHICH GUIDE(S) OR REFERENCE(S): DID YOU CONSULT?
DESCRIPTION OF THE BIRD(s)
buntings, after a few days of obs. no lazuli's, three lazuli's appeared with a male Indigo at the feeder. The Indigo was blue with brown on the upper back, no wing bars.
BEHAVIOR OF THE BIRD(s)
eating BO sunflower seed or millet
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE BIRD, AND WHAT CLINCHED THE IDENTIFICATION FOR YOU?
We IDed it immediately. like the one previously reported.
HOW DID YOU ELIMINATE SIMILAR SPECIES? WHAT WERE THEY?
it was with lazuli's
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS (AND SIMILAR) SPECIES?
obs. many times in Illinois and Wisconsin
DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL BIRDING EXPERIENCE
WERE PHOTO(S), VIDEO, AND/OR AUDIO OBTAINED FROM THIS SIGHTING?
FIRST ROUND VOTING:
Photo supports the identification of Indigo Bunting.
brief written report but diagnostic photo
Photograph is diagnostic
Diagnostic photo with sufficient description. No sign of hybridization noted in photo.
Although it's difficult to absolutely rule-out a Lazuli x Indigo from this one photo, this seems fine for a presumably SY Indigo, as indicated by the white belly. The written description mentions brown on the back, which supports the identification of SY Indigo.