- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Participants in the annual Christmas Bird Count in Fort Collins were able to record a bird never spotted in winter before in Colorado.

The Coloradoan reports (https://noconow.co/1QJq8fc ) the lazuli bunting was spotted by northern Colorado resident Rachel Hopper on Saturday. The bright blue, orange and white-feathered bird was found at the Fort Collins botanical garden.

Bird watcher Dave Leatherman says it’s rare for a lazuli bunting to spend the winter up north. He says the birds are common in Colorado’s foothills in spring, summer and fall.

Leatherman says feeders stocked with seeds, shrubs with berries and open water will help keep the bird around.

The bird gets its name from the gemstone lapis lazuli.

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Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, https://www.coloradoan.com

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