Lazuli Bunting Beauty

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I’ve been birding a few hours here and there in three areas bordering each other along the Yellowstone River — the Riverfront Park, Norm Schoenthal Island, and the Montana Audubon Center.  The birds don’t know any fence boundaries, and all three places have been quite rewarding with awesome trails and a great variety of birds!

The Lazuli Bunting was a gem of a surprise for me; not only becoming #236 on my bird lifer list πŸ’ƒ, the males are handsome beauties!

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Lazuli Bunting (male)

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This bunting’s range is most of the western half of the United States.

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Lazuli Bunting (male) in song

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44 thoughts on “Lazuli Bunting Beauty

  1. Handsome little thing! Great capture! Congratulations, Donna for your # 236 lifer. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you very much, Ellen! I was pretty thrilled he gave me time to take lots of photos before he disappeared. Working the deeper woods has been great practice for me! πŸ™‚

  2. Wow! Your photos are amazing! Love the first one. The composition is outstanding. The twig leads us to the bird and has a very pleasant shape. The background is soft and pretty. The bird is so beautiful. Gorgeous blue! The second photo really shows off its magnificent colours.

    • Thank you so much! He is a shining gem! I’ve been back to that specific twig to see if I would find any bird on it again, lol, even hoping for him. πŸ™‚ Working these deeper woods has been great practice for me, since I’m more used to brighter, open areas and marshes.

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