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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Not just a farm bird: the barn swallow

 

Before me, a swallow dives across a field of wheat turned brilliant gold by the morning sun. The bird looks like a Tree Swallow, but not quite. Tickled by a breeze, the wheat appears to wave to more distant pastures that roll up to a line of blue hills. Continue reading “Not just a farm bird: the barn swallow”