This week, we were treated to a whole bunch of wonderful birds that are either stopping to eat on their migration farther north or have arrived here in our southern Indiana paradise for their summer breeding stay.
(I know, you never hear the word “paradise” paired with “Indiana”…for pretty good reason, usually. 😆)
I’ve already shared some photos on my Instagram and Twitter accounts, but, really, you can’t share enough bird photos, m’right? So here are some highlights of what we’ve seen in the past month.
A lone Evening Grosbeak showed up unexpectedly one day…
It sat around for a day, eating and resting, then disappeared like it was never here.
Then there are the year round residents who mostly keep to themselves and don’t drop by to say hi much, like this male Purple Finch (with a Red-bellied Woodpecker on the left, being camera-shy).
Another infrequent visitor to the feeders is the Pileated Woodpecker. The female has been dropping by for meals for several weeks now, but this male only showed up recently. Pardon the big black wall on the right hand side. I was trying to sneak up on the bird.
And one of my favorites is the Red-headed Woodpecker! They like to hang out on our hilltop and play hide-and-seek around our dead trees, but they usually decline our dinner invitations.
People often ask why the Red-bellied (above with the Purple Finch) is not called “Red-headed”…these people obviously have never been lucky enough to see a real Red-headed.
Then there are the migratory birds that give us a thrill when they pass through, like the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Here’s the solid gentleman…
and his female companion (or maybe not his female).
Others show up to eat and breed, like the Baltimore Oriole…
and eat, and eat some more. Jelly, suet…gimme!
Another brilliant breeder is the Scarlet Tanager. They’re tropical birds related to warblers and their stunning coloration never fails to wow.
The Gray Catbird is one of my favorites because I love the calls and songs of mimic birds. For a drab bird, it’s still pretty handsome!
Everyone talks about Bluebirds, and granted, the Eastern Bluebird was in decline for a while so we should definitely care for them, but my “bluebird of happiness” is the Indigo Bunting. Our FOY (“First Of Year” in birder-speak) popped up yesterday!
And lastly, but not leastly (it’s my blog and I can make up words if I want to), this cheeky fellow is a first year male Red-winged Blackbird. They’re on our property year round but I never tire of them. This juvie is still trying to get its color on. That shoulder patch is not nearly red and has no yellow beneath. Maybe eating more suet will help? I say that about doughnuts for me.
Do you have unusual birds migrating back to raise a brood or just passing through? Let me know on Twitter or IG!