Wednesday, May 18, 2011

First CRP Indigo Bunting!

Indigo Bunting, Charles River Peninsula, Needham, MA
I've been waiting for this one to show up at the Charles River Peninsula for three whole years ever since I read that the CRP was being managed as a grassland habitat to attract bobolinks, indigo buntings and the like. And there it was, singing, right as I pulled my car into the Redwing Bay parking lot.
Got a video though the indigo bunting ID is not clear until the end, when it sings.

It ended up in the trees at the top of the parking lot, headed for the train tracks, not towards the carefully prepared CRP grassland habitat. A song sparrow(!) chased it off.

[UPDATE: Two males spotted ON PROPERTY this morning. They weren't singing but they were chasing each other. A better photo than yesterday below]

In other CRP news, female Baltimore orioles can be seen collecting string for their nests. The one in this video is carefully pulling long filaments from vines.

No comments: