If it was totally blue, did you consider Mountain Bluebird, which is
an occasional winter vagrant in the east??? That would be more likely
than Indigo Bunting on March 1 in Vermont, but still a great find!
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Quoting Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]>:
> 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 good
>>> sense of what they look like. The bird I saw today was all brilliant blue
>>> and about the right size.
>>> Is it likely that an Indigo Bunting in breeding plumage would appear this
>>> far north this early? It did not look like a blue jay and was not a blue
>>> bird (not that the latter would be likely seen here at this time).
>>> Please advise. Thanks, Kay at Partridge Place in Hinesburg.