There are a fair number of Bluebirds that winter over this far
north, but since they're often nomadic in winter and don't
generally come to feeders, we're not that aware of them. I have
occasional visits all winter here.
Indigo Buntings don't winter over, and seem extraordinarily
unlikely to be back this early.
Maeve Kim wrote:
> There are definitely bluebirds around at this time of year. I've seen
> them most winters in the Panton/Ferrisburg area. Yesterday I saw two on
> Greenbush Road, close to where it connects with Route 7.
> Maeve Kim
> Jericho Center
> On Mar 1, 2009, at 3:44 PM, Kay Johnson wrote:
>> Driving today on Mountain Road (bordering Bristol and Monkton) a bird
>> crossed the path of my car that looked like an Indigo Bunting.
>> I have seen and photographed birds of this species before, so have a
>> sense of what they look like. The bird I saw today was all brilliant
>> and about the right size.
>> Is it likely that an Indigo Bunting in breeding plumage would appear
>> far north this early? It did not look like a blue jay and was not a
>> bird (not that the latter would be likely seen here at this time).
>> Please advise. Thanks, Kay at Partridge Place in Hinesburg.