25-B-2017 Indigo Bunting

STATUS
Accepted
DATE VOTING COMPLETED
1ST ROUND
5-2
2ND ROUND
6-1
HOW MANY OBSERVED?
1
DATE SIGHTING OCCURRED
DATE REPORT PREPARED
REPORTER
Karen Noling
OTHER OBSERVERS
Karen Noling
LOCALITY OF OBSERVATION
Fort Boise WMA. Near cottonwood tree just past single lane bridge after headquarters buildings off of Old Fort Boise Road in Canyon County.
HABITAT WHERE THE BIRD WAS OBSERVED
Heavy thickets of trees. Usually singing as high up in the trees as it could go on dead branches. Also seen feeding in sunflower patch.
SIGHTING DURATION, CONDITIONS, and EQUIPMENT USED
I had 1st seen the bird on July 14th. I was not quite sure what it was and it was way too hot to stick around. The next day I went back and the bird was too high in the tree to get a sure identification and again it was very hot. On the 17th of July I went back and this time I was able to get good enough pictures to identify it.
DID YOU TAKE NOTES?
Yes, another day after the observation
DID YOU CONSULT A FIELD GUIDE OR OTHER REFERENCE WORK?
Yes, another day after the observation
WHICH GUIDE(S) OR REFERENCE(S): DID YOU CONSULT?
I am originally from Minnesota, so I have observed this bird many times before. I did consult Kaufman guide (by Kenn Kaufman) as well as Stokes field guide by (by Donald and Lillian Stokes).
DESCRIPTION OF THE BIRD(s)
Both back and front of bird was blue . Blue tinge on tail. Beak is grayish. Wings have a black wash to them
BEHAVIOR OF THE BIRD(s)
Songs high in the trees. Would quickly go to the sunflower plants to feed and return back to the tops of the trees.
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE BIRD, AND WHAT CLINCHED THE IDENTIFICATION FOR YOU?
I noticed that the bird was all blue. The only other bird that is all blue is the Blue Grosbeak. It was not until I was able to see its wings, was I able to identify for sure that it was an Indigo Bunting.
HOW DID YOU ELIMINATE SIMILAR SPECIES? WHAT WERE THEY?
Seeing the wings. Compared to the Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Buntings do not have the cinnamon colored wing bars.
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS (AND SIMILAR) SPECIES?
I lived in Minnesota, so I often had them come to my feeders and would frequently see them in the field.
DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL BIRDING EXPERIENCE
I started birding in the 1980's. I would say my level of expertise is average. I know a lot, but still have much to learn.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (If any)
Photos can be ebird on July 17-2017

FIRST ROUND VOTING:

Cliff Weisse
Reject, specific identification not established

Description falls short of being conclusive.

Shirley Sturts
Accept

Photo and description confirm the identification

Carl Lundblad
Accept

Glad to see the final line of the report, which led to a treasure trove of online photos.

Jay Carlisle
Accept

Described well - and multiple photos in eBird show a pure-looking male INBU

Dave Trochlell
Accept

I'm convinced that this was a male Indigo Bunting.

Darren Clark
Reject, specific identification not established

The bird being described as all blue doesn't quite eliminate all similar species. Also, is this the area where the hybrid bird had been seen? I'm not sure a hybrid can be eliminated by this report.

Doug Ward
Accept

While this report is very limited in detail, there is enough there including comparison to Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) to accept in this round.

SECOND ROUND VOTING:

Doug Ward
Accept

I hadn’t paid attention to the eBird report reference until mentioned in committee member notes. Was pretty sure based on the description in the report, but the photos associated with those reports (with reference to observer specifically) are diagnostic.

Dave Trochlell
Accept

I'm going to vote again to accept this record, totally on the strength of the photos of the bird.

Carl Lundblad
Accept

Numerous photos in eBird seem to support a pure male Indigo Bunting (it would be nice if that documentation, some of it, were captured and incorporated into this record). There is some white on the bird's underparts, but also brownish wings, consistent with a second year individual.

Cliff Weisse
Accept

Photos in eBird database support the identification of Indigo Bunting.

Darren Clark
Reject, specific identification not established

See previous comments

Jay Carlisle
Accept

No change from round 1 vote

Shirley Sturts
Accept

I am staying with my first round vote