Bunting Trifecta 9-9-16

Painted Bunting, hatch-year female 9-9-16

Painted Bunting, probably a hatch-year female 9-9-16

Indigo Bunting adult male 9-9-16

Indigo Bunting adult male 9-9-16

Indigo Bunting 9-9-16

Indigo Bunting 9-9-16

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

The “sunflower” lot  on Seeley Ave between Carrizo St. and Campo St. is perhaps the best birding spot in Jacumba.  This morning I came across several lazuli buntings and a nice male indigo bunting, seen above.  The best was reserved for later.  I spied a rather drab bird in poor light that had a bunting-like bill.  It flew off after I got one decent photo.  When I examined it later, I was a bit puzzled.  Clearly a bunting.  It all came together as I increased the exposure, revealing a drab green back!  Painted bunting!!!

Indigo buntings are uncommon, today’s is only the 4th I’ve come across in Jacumba.  Strange, they have all been adult males, so I must have missed a bunch of female/juveniles along the way.  Painted buntings are really rare. This is the 2nd I’ve found.  The last one was in late August of last year.

Lazuli Bunting

Lazuli Bunting

Western Tanager 9-8-16

Western Tanager 9-8-16

Costa's Hummer 9-8-16

Costa’s Hummer 9-8-16

Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warbler