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Two singing male indigo buntings at Bird and Butterfly Gardens? 7 July 2020

I arrived at the Bird and Butterfly Gardens today kind of late, about 11 a.m. and as I was passing the main "drip" I met a couple who mentioned that they had seen and heard two male Indigo Buntings song-battling back near the horse staging area and its parking lot.  So I headed over to that area, and sure enough, there were two males singing from high perches in that area, one,   which I got a picture of, was on the south side of the entry road and horse staging area parking  lot. But at the same time, I could also hear (and later saw through bins) another male Indigo Bunting singing from a high perch near the NE corner of the staging area, but when I tried to get close for a picture, it flushed and I lost it completely. The first make had  louder and more defined double-note phrases than the other one, which was perhaps a younger male, but still looked pretty much all blue (tho I did not get close looks). But I did not get close looks and this could have been a young male or perhaps a LABU/INBU, tho the song seemed pretty good for INBU, and as I say, through the bins it looked pretty much all blue.  Also,  I saw an adult female perched briefly on the dead snag along the trail that leads south through the brush from main gravel road, not far from these other sightings.  I have pics of one of the males but haven't loaded on yet, and list is at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71234829.

Has anyone else seen two male INBU out there?    

Sue

Susan Smith 

Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 
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Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA
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