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”

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A grassland warrior shows off his trophy

The Eastern Meadowlark is treasured for its gentle, lilting song that dances across grassy fields on summer days. Last week, on my visit to Antietam National Battlefield, I saw another side of the meadowlark, the hunter-warrior. Continue reading “A grassland warrior shows off his trophy”