All Spring we’ve had a great variety of feathered visitors to our feeder and back yard but today was special. This morning we’d seen the hummer, the grosbeak, the purple finches along with chipping and white-throated sparrows but just before lunch, I glanced out a the apple tree and saw a blue blob that can only be one thing up here: an Indigo Bunting. What a special treat — I think it’s the first here since we’ve been keeping records.
I got Mary to the window as another one showed up. The camera and binoculars were out in the truck so I scooted to get those while Mary watched our visitors move about the tree.
Just as I was trying to capture a couple of shots, a third male showed up. I grabbed this photo of all three in the tree.
They soon flew off together to a White Pine and then departed. I figured that was it. However, later this afternoon, two showed up in the tree and one came to the thistle feeder, to the dismay of the American Goldfinches who consider that their restaurant.
We did not see any females and I doubt that buntings will stay since most of our land is very wooded and they like more open spaces but you never know.
It was such a surprise and such a delight to see these handsome dudes. Unlike the brown flycatchers and sparrows that can drive me nuts, these guys are my kind of bird: flashy and unmistakeable.