Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Another mystery bird

"DAD, look! A bright blue bird," my daughter yelled to me from the living room.

"Where?" I replied, running to the glass. Then, for just a moment, I saw a flash of blue and black as the mysterious visitor darted across the yard and behind our gum tree.

A second later, I saw it again, just barely, in the brush at the base of the tree.

"Good eye, girl," I said to my daughter, "keep watching - I'll get the camera."

I did, then attempted to zoom in and take a shot of the reticent bird through the front glass. The focus was terrible and the bird was moving here and there, so this was the best shot I could take before it disappeared:

I know.

That photo looks something like this:

Or this:

But seriously!

That bird was there, man!

And really blue!

And it was REAL!

I did some looking online and it seems to be an Indigo Bunting.

I found that photo at this WhatBird.com, which also has a really nice bird ID filter where you can select regions, colors and body shapes until you find a species you've spotting.

According to their page on our likely visitor, Indigo Buntings prefer "brushy slopes, old pastures and fields grown to scrub, woodland clearings, and forest edges adjacent to fields."

That perfectly describes my up-and-coming food forest. Indigo buntings also eat "insects, larvae, grains, seeds and berries."

Sounds like a healthy diet to me... and one I don't really mind them indulging.

There's a great joy in seeing things I've never seen before - and it happens all the time now that I've quit cutting my grass, added diversity by planting lots of different plants, and kept this little corner of the globe free from chemicals and poisons.

Welcome, lovely friend. You're safe here.

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At April 22, 2014 at 8:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more . . . in just the few short years I've been "seriously" gardening, my wildlife population - especially birds and butterflies, has increased tenfold. I'm slowly working at removing all the grass, but have long since stopped using chemicals and poisons trying to keep it healthy. What a difference it makes ~ and there's nothing like a yard full of birds and butterflies (and in your case, food!).

At April 22, 2014 at 10:14 AM , Blogger Sheila O said...

Yes, that sure looks like an Indigo bunting! Since we started planting butterfly and hummingbird attracting plants (8 years ago), we've also been attracting lots of birds. We spot Indigo buntings every year. One year it was crazy! We had dozens of Indigo's! We've also had a pair of Painted buntings drop in several years in a row. Very exciting when we see them come back. Place shallow bowls of water for the birds and you'll never get any gardening done - you'll be too busy watching the bird show!

At April 22, 2014 at 10:38 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

Life is just better surrounded by beauty.

At April 22, 2014 at 10:39 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

Dozens - wow. Sounds like a great show. I'l try the dishes of water trick, too.

At April 24, 2014 at 6:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in OK. We had indigo buntings here last year. They stuck around the feeders for millet.

At April 24, 2014 at 9:00 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Millet. Cool I have some of that in the feeder... hope they find it.

BTW, your state is worth living in just for the abbreviation. Sounds better than "fluh."


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