12-B-2017 Indigo Bunting

STATUS
Accepted
DATE VOTING COMPLETED
1ST ROUND
7-0
HOW MANY OBSERVED?
1 male
DATE SIGHTING OCCURRED
DATE REPORT PREPARED
REPORTER
Connie & Jack Oar
OTHER OBSERVERS
none
LOCALITY OF OBSERVATION
yard, address above
HABITAT WHERE THE BIRD WAS OBSERVED
yard
SIGHTING DURATION, CONDITIONS, and EQUIPMENT USED
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?
Sibley
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
65 yrs.
WERE PHOTO(S), VIDEO, AND/OR AUDIO OBTAINED FROM THIS SIGHTING?
Photo
SUPPORTING IMAGES

FIRST ROUND VOTING:

Cliff Weisse
Accept

Photo supports the identification of Indigo Bunting.

Shirley Sturts
Accept

photo confirmed

Jay Carlisle
Accept

brief written report but diagnostic photo

Darren Clark
Accept

Photograph is diagnostic

Dave Trochlell
Accept

I'm convinced.

Doug Ward
Accept

Diagnostic photo with sufficient description. No sign of hybridization noted in photo.

Carl Lundblad
Accept

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.