Last year Indigo Buntings teased me with their urgent and rapid warbling song but only gave me fleeting glimpses of them during my travels, grrrr. So imagine how thrilled I was to see at least one had returned to a back road they were known to frequent just minutes from the cottage, first heard and then eventually seen during a Pickering Naturalists' outing I hosted on Saturday. Great views were enjoyed by all, so the next day I went back and spent quite a bit of time with this one handsome male:
Indigo Buntings are accomplished singers that don't restrict themselves to only the morning, I visited this road three times during the day and each time heard him singing away:
He fluttered his wings at times, such a pretty bird:
A view of his back revealed some brown mixed in with that stunning blue:
His upper bill is black, and lower mandible is blue-gray:
Head-on flight shot!
Welcome back, Gorgeous, how I've missed you!