Last Saturday morning, April 24, my wife, Bobbye, glanced out the kitchen window and noticed a brilliantly colored blue bird on our deck.She mentioned that it was a little larger than the local Eastern Bluebirds that we have been wishing would inhabit the new bluebird house in our back yard.I had heard of an Indigo Bunting that was almost solid blue, but when we looked it up in our “bird book”, we discovered that it was a Blue Grosbeak.We have had several Rose-breasted Grosbeaks over the past few years, but never blue ones.
At least two males were at our feeders throughout the day.They were also still gobbling up safflower seeds after the heavy rains late that afternoon.However, that was the last we saw of them.It was as though they were trying to stay ahead of the storm.
To our pleasant surprise, we saw more blue birds at the feeders on the following Tuesday morning.These were a little smaller, and had black tips on their wings rather than the rusty colored wing bands of the Blue Grosbeaks.Another trip to our bird book revealed that our new visitors were Indigo Buntings.These little guys have been gorging themselves at our feeders all week.
Since my retirement a few months ago, I have had more time to pursue my love of photography.Needless to say, I have had many new subjects on Cherry Drive in Martin to capture in my lens. See related photos in the homepage slideshow.