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Two singing male indigo buntings at Bird and Butterfly Gardens? 7 July 2020

I arrived at the Bird and Butterfly Gardens today kind of late, about 11 a.m. and as I was passing the main "drip" I met a couple who mentioned that they had seen and heard two male Indigo Buntings song-battling back near the horse staging area and its parking lot.  So I headed over to that area, and sure enough, there were two males singing from high perches in that area, one,   which I got a picture of, was on the south side of the entry road and horse staging area parking  lot. But at the same time, I could also hear (and later saw through bins) another male Indigo Bunting singing from a high perch near the NE corner of the staging area, but when I tried to get close for a picture, it flushed and I lost it completely. The first make had  louder and more defined double-note phrases than the other one, which was perhaps a younger male, but still looked pretty much all blue (tho I did not get close looks). But I did not get close looks and this could have been a young male or perhaps a LABU/INBU, tho the song seemed pretty good for INBU, and as I say, through the bins it looked pretty much all blue.  Also,  I saw an adult female perched briefly on the dead snag along the trail that leads south through the brush from main gravel road, not far from these other sightings.  I have pics of one of the males but haven't loaded on yet, and list is at

Has anyone else seen two male INBU out there?    


Susan Smith 

Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 

Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA
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