Could the bunting have been a hybrid? I think one of the Columbia guys saw a hybrid just not long ago.

Amy J. Hoffman
Jefferson City 
Cole county

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From: Cara Joos <[log in to unmask]> 
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Subject: BBCU and odd INBU at Reform CA, pretty cool field day! 
There is a black-billed cuckoo moving around from the large plum thicket to 
the south of the "road" straight west of the shed. It moved south into the woody 
draw. I think they are always there. This is the 3rd year I have seen one in this 
area of the prairie.

I also saw a very odd Indigo Bunting at Reform CA today. He was mottled blue 
and white with maybe a hint of rust along the sides. He responded to both Indigo 
Bunting and Lazuli Bunting playbacks. I haven't really played much with 
buntings though so maybe they all do this. Either way, this guy was really 
interesting looking. Lots and lots of white on his chest and belly. I am going back 
next week and will try and take a picture and/or video, but if anyone else wants 
to chase this guy and figure out what he is, here is the location. It is "slightly" 
outside the public use area at Reform though. You might want to call MDC and 
see what you need to do.

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