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linrose 06-01-2011 02:54 PM

Indigo bunting!
I just saw an Indigo bunting at the feeder! Their color is so striking. I don't see them very often, perhaps they prefer insects to seed and I just overlook them. I think they are plentiful in the East during summertime but I rarely see them. It feels like my lucky day!

philip 06-01-2011 03:31 PM

They are amazing looking creatures.
Good stuff, this will be my bird of the day.

jack 06-01-2011 04:25 PM

I saw one only once, and it was an amazing experience. Congrats on seeing one on your property. I didn't even know they went to feeders.

Amazingly beautiful color, they have.

Get a picture if he hangs around for a few days!!!!

dapjwy 06-01-2011 07:27 PM

I saw one coming for black oil sunflower seeds this spring...the first time I saw one in real life.

Gloria 06-01-2011 11:21 PM

Lucky you. The very best reason for bird feeders is to get a look at some amazing birds. Maybe he will hang around for a few days.

linrose 06-02-2011 07:21 AM

He was at a black oil sunflower feeder, will he move on or perhaps nest nearby?

havalotta 06-02-2011 01:07 PM

Oh wouldn't THAT be great!

Gloria 06-02-2011 01:57 PM

Kentucky is one of the states where numbers are high for breeding.
Check out the distribution maps.
Distribution of the Indigo Bunting

And habitat requirements.



Food...Small insects, spiders, seeds, buds, and berries.

Breeds in brushy and weedy areas along edges of cultivated land, woods, roads, power line rights-of-way, and in open deciduous woods and old fields.
Winters in weedy fields, citrus orchards, and weedy cropland.Some wintering in Florida but mostly tropical migration.

Nest Description
Open cup of soft leaves, coarse grasses, stems, and strips of bark, held in place with spider web, lined with fine grasses or deer hair. Placed in shrub or herbaceous plant close to ground.

linrose 06-07-2011 07:33 PM

Well, the indigo bunting is still here. I saw him today at the feeder and my daughter saw him over the weekend. There must be a nest nearby but I don't know their habits, I'll have to do some research on them. I have no idea what the females look like but they are about the size of a finch and we have lots of goldfinches at the feeder too.

dapjwy 06-07-2011 07:46 PM

Thanks for reminding me--I forgot to post that I spotted a glimpse of an indigo bunting (I think) flitting around in my hedgerow...I believe a more drab (brownish) female was with him...I'll have to grab the bird book to see what she looks like.

<getting book, flipping through pages>

Yup! She is brown...so, I'm guessing that is what I saw: a pair of indigo buntings.

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