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Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:06 am

REPORT BUNTING SIGHTINGS

PHOTO BY DAN PANCAMO

 

Two very colorful species of birds only seen in central Illinois during late April and early May are set to make their annual appearances. The Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Indigo Bunting both feed on seeds, which are scarce in the area this time of year, making feeders a likely place to spot them (they are especially fond of sunflower seeds). The males of both species are easily recognized and widely reported each spring; the females, however, are not so easily identified and are often mistaken for sparrows or finches. The distinct and colorful (male) Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Indigo Bunting have designated them as central equivalent to the swallows of Capistrano. They typically arrive about April 30, and, as in the past, observers are again encouraged to report the arrival of both species. Reports (and photos) should be sent to the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders (LLABB) by email to LLABBaves@gmail.com or to LLABB, P.O. Box 13442, Springfield, IL  62791.  Please include the first date of observation and the maximum number observed at one time (dated photos along with the name of the photographer would also be appreciated). For this event, the definition of “central Illinois” has been limited to Sangamon and its adjacent counties (Macon, Christian, Montgomery, Macoupin, Morgan, Cass, Menard and Logan).  For further Information contact Vernon Kleen, 787-3515

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