Blue sky on the wing

I had the good fortune yesterday to see two male Indigo Buntings in summer coats the color of a clear blue sky. The structure of their feathers refracts and reflects blue light as dust particles do in making the sky appear blue. Black trim on the bunting’s wings and a silver bill give this member of the finch family an elegant look. Continue reading “Blue sky on the wing”


Birding in the rain

I set out for Antietam National Battlefield shortly after dawn. Before I was halfway there, rain drops began falling on the windshield. Turn around or continue on? I had no idea what to expect as I had never birded in the rain. I decided to give it a try. Continue reading “Birding in the rain”