I have had bird feeders for many years and have the pleasure of visits from many species. Every May, we get Rose-breasted Grosbeaks for a week or two.
This morning, however, I had a real treat. A first-timer at my feeder.
A glorious male Indigo Bunting.
This is a bird which I usually spot far off at the top of a distant tree.
What a thrill to find one close-up. I, of course, immediately grabbed my camera and took these photos through the glass of our living room.
Indigo Buntings spend the winter in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America so this one has just completed a long journey.
During breeding season, they are common in open brushy areas with trees nearby.
It is one of the few species which sings loudly on hot summer afternoons.
Females are not blue and can be easily confused with sparrows.