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Summertime Blues

A nice colorful summer bird around northwest Louisiana is the male Blue Grosbeak.  This image was taken Sunday 5Aug12 at the Bayou Pierre Unit of Red River National Wildlife Refuge.  Grosbeaks are seed eaters, as might be implied by their “gross” or large beaks.  This guy, along with several other similar but brownish birds-presumably a female and juveniles-were found together along the drainage ditch separating the large open moist soil impoundments.  The male at first glance looks similar to a male Indigo Bunting, but is larger.  Also notice the large beak and the brownish wing bars.  The Indigo Bunting is solid blue.

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