only very limited experience with fresh plumaged fall
Lazuli Bunting - G. D. Luckner October 19, 1992
An adult female Lazuli Bunting was observed at
feeder in Crosby. The bird was feeding on the ground with
nine Indigo Buntings in various plumage stages and one adult
male Dickcissel in basic plumage. The bird was seen in very
good light from a distance of approximately 35 feet for
about three minutes. A small basically brown passerine
about the size of Indigo Bunting and smaller than
Dickcissel. Buffy-brown above with blue wash on rump. Blue
wash on anterior portion of lesser wing coverts. Tail dark
brown above and below. Wings dark brown with two distinct
whitish wingbars; faint blue tinge on outer primaries. Dark
eye. Small, conical bill; upper mandible blackish-brown;
lower mandible dull, light brown. Basically whitish and
unmarked below with pale buffy throat and orange wash across
breast. Legs and feet blackish brown. The bird did not
Presence of distinct wingbars and whitish underparts
quickly eliminates both Painted and Varied Bunting, neither
of which shows these features in any plumage.
Identification is between Indigo and Lazuli Bunting and
close proximity of female and immature Indigo allowed for a
direct comparison. Indigo is a rich, cinnamon brown above
and buffy below compared with buffy-brown above and whitish
below shown by the present bird. Indigo shows less contrast
between body and wing coloration, with wings being a
slightly darker shade of cinnamon with faint buffy wingbars.
Lazuli shows noticeable contrast between buffy-brown
upperparts and dark brown wings with distinct whitish
wingbars. All female and immature Indigos showed
buffy-brown bellies and flanks and faint-to distinct brown
streaking of buffy breasts. Present bird showed whitish
belly and flanks and unstreaked, pale orange breast.
A NOTE ON ADDITIONAL OCTOBER NOTES
This month a record 22 documented reports were
received for a total of 15 documented species. As much as
we would like to print them all space does not permit. The
following documentation was received and all observers are
thanked for their effort and all reports will be forwarded
to the Checklist Committee. Magnificent Frigatebird by G.
D. Luckner and J. and J. Whittle observed at same location
on different dates. Red-breasted Merganser and Stilt
Sandpiper by John Whittle. Three reports of Black Tern by
J. Whittle, two on different dates at the Intercoastal
Waterway at Yacht Basin Rd. and one from the southeast
oilfield pond in High Island. Winter Wren was documented by
David Bradford. Yellow-billed Cuckcoo was documented by G.
D. Luckner. Three documents of possibly the same
Couch's/Tropical Kingbird were submitted-two by G. D.
Luckner and one by J. Uhittle. Northern "Bullock's" oriole
documentation was submitted by Mike Austin.
ADDENDUM TO AUGUST CH
Reports with documentation were received this month
for August sightings of Allen's and Rufous Hummingbird.
Same location, different days.
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