Indigo Buntings Sighted

It’s been five years, almost to the day, that we were treated to seeing Indigo Buntings in our backyard and on our feeders.  Incredibly beautiful in color – they’re transient visitors, at least to our backyard.  (I believe they prefer open fields with tall brush/grasses.)

They’re difficult to photograph –  the slightest movement inside the window seems to scare them away.  I was lucky to get 3 pictures the other day.  They were back this morning, but I unable to get the camera working before they disappeared.   The last time around, they were here for only two days.   The photo color was not enhanced… this is really their color!

Indigo Bunting (male)
Indigo Bunting (male)
Indigo Bunting (male)

 

The Indigo Buntings returned this evening.  They look like different male Buntings from those seen a few days ago.

Another Male Indigo Bunting
Another male Indigo Bunting

The females are yellowish tan and look like finches.  I’m sure they’re also around but I haven’t realized they are Indigo Buntings.

WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK

Thurs 7PM: Still uncertainty with Sunday’s forecast, with the NAM predicting rain for much of the day, while the GFS and FV3-GFS have the rain now later in the day. 

I often post an “outlook” forecast on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. I’m glad I waited – the forecast for the weekend has changed significantly over the past few days.

Following a cold front passage on Friday night, skies will clear on Saturday.  Saturday looks to be a nice day with sunny skies and high temps near 70.  (Details Friday evening)

Sunday had initially looked to be another nice day, BUT the latest models, (NAM, FV3-GFS, EKDMOS) have the front that moved through Saturday stalling to our south with low pressure moving along the front.  An easterly flow will bring cooler temps (high in the low 60s) and rain is looking likely, especially for Sunday morning.

The GFS is an outlier this time around, with it holding off the rain until later in the day on Sunday.  Last week, the FV3-GFS had the correct forecast and I suspect its rainier forecast is correct for Sunday.

Speaking of the FV3-GFS, the NWS will be upgrading the current GFS model (known as GFS v14) to the FV3-GFS (to be known as GFS v15.1)  on June 12th.  This is a major upgrade to the principal US weather model.

The FV3-GFS has been in development for many years and in comparison testing for over 3 years.  Its forecasts have been shown to be equal or better than the current GFS.

I’ll update the weekend forecast on Friday evening as usual.