Spring and summer are times when the “boys” really shine! By that, I mean that all of our songbirds (most of which migrate to our area and breed during the summer and then migrate back south) are here and the males are in their breeding plumage. In birds, in most situations, the male is brightly colored to stand out and the female, charged with laying eggs and concealing those eggs as they develop, is often more neutrally colored or patterned to blend in. Here in the Lowcountry, we are fortunate to have some very brightly colored songbirds that pretty much cover all colors. Here are a few of the birds that really stand out:
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) – This small, diminutive warbler is found around densely vegetated wetlands, ponds and streams. His black mask and yellow throat and chest are brilliant during spring and summer.
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) – This striking blue little bunting is brilliant in its color, especially in the sunlight, perched! This farm and field bird wings by in a flash of blue and when he stops, so does your heart!
Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) – What can you say about this Technicolor songbird? His plumage is absolutely breath-taking, but don’t fool yourself. Even though he is brightly colored, he can disappear right before your eyes.
With such a splash of color from our birds and flowers, against the shades of green from our trees, bushes, and shrubs, it’s no doubt that spring and summer in the Lowcountry is truly a special time of year! Why be anywhere else?