After going hiking at Pecatonica Wetlands we got a call from Jack Armstrong that there was a really cool bird at Sand Bluff Bird Observatory. We high-tailed it out of there to check it out, but not before sighting a great selection of warblers: Golden-winged, Connecticut, Black-throated Green, Palm, Yellow-rumped (Myrtle), & Louisiana Waterthrush.

We arrived at Colored Sands Forest Preserve where a small army of camera-clad birders had formed. Then they brought out the celebrity bird - Lazuli Bunting!!

Lazuli Bunting
Lazuli Bunting

From what we heard, this is the first time a Lazuli Bunting has been banded at Sand Bluff. You just never know what's going to show up. Check out some more pictures of bird banding .