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"Lazuli Bunting"
Lazuli Bunting:    "Lapis lazuli" is a semiprecious rich azure blue gemstone, whose name came from Middle English via Old French via Medieval Latin (Lapis means stone while lazuli is the rich blue color, going back to Arabic and Persian words).

Ehrlich, Dobkin, and Wheye, in their 1988 publication "The Birder's Handbook", write "No one knows where the name bunting came from -- some think it was from the German 'bunt' meaning 'mottled', others from a French diminutive. The name of the Lazuli Bunting is from the same source as the name of the semiprecious stone lapis lazuli, the Latin 'azulis' meaning 'azure'. The root of the 'Indigo' in Indigo Bunting is the same as 'Indian'. It refers to the subcontinent that is the source of the bluish plant dye bearing the same name."

James Audubon in his 1841 publication "The Birds of America" (Vol.III) calls the Lazuli Bunting the "Lazuli Finch". He wrote "the Chinook Indians name this species Tilkonapaooks, and that it is a rather a common bird on the Columbia, but is always shy and retiring in its habits, the female being very rarely seen."


 
Ridgefield NWR, Washington ...

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Lazuli Bunting, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 27, 2011.

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Sandy River Delta, Oregon ...

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Lazuli Bunting, male, Sandy River Delta, Troutdale, Oregon. Nice sunny summer day. Image taken June 4, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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In grasses ... Lazuli Bunting, male, Sandy River Delta, Troutdale, Oregon. Nice sunny summer day. Image taken June 4, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Lazuli Bunting, female, Sandy River Delta, Troutdale, Oregon. Nice sunny summer day. Image taken June 4, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


... 2011 ...

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Lazuli Bunting, male, Sandy River Delta, Troutdale, Oregon. Cloudy, overcast, gray day. Image taken June 12, 2011. Canon EOS 60d, 300mm.
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Lazuli Bunting, Sandy River Delta, Oregon. Day gray and overcast. Image taken June 3, 2010, Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


... fledgling ...

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Lazuli Bunting, fledgling, Sandy River Delta, Troutdale, Oregon. Warm, overcast, and humid. Image taken July 17, 2012. Canon Rebel T2i, 300mm with 1.4.


Troutdale, Oregon ...

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Lazuli Bunting, Troutdale, Oregon. Along Sundial Road. Mid-afternoon sunshine. Image taken May 12, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


Vancouver, Washington ...

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Lazuli Bunting, Vancouver, Washington. Seen north of Fishers Landing. Image taken July 31, 2008. Canon Rebel XTi, 200mm.
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Lazuli Bunting, Vancouver, Washington. Seen north of Fishers Landing. Image taken June 16, 2009. Canon Rebel T1i, 200mm.
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Lazuli Bunting, Vancouver, Washington. Seen north of Fishers Landing. Image taken June 23, 2009. Canon Rebel T1i, 300z.


Willow Grove, Washington ...

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Lazuli Bunting, Willow Grove, Washington. Image taken May 19, 2014. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.



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