In midsummer, on a hot day, about the only bird you will hear singing is the Indigo Bunting.
The demure brown female stays in secluded thickets while the brilliant blue male sings.
A kindly gentleman named Deryk saw me with my camera and pointed out a good spot to take photos of this lovely species.
I will identify it at the end of the post.
Every time I visit Sunnybrook Park I have a look at the many bird feeders in the east parking lot. Even though they have not recently been replenished there is a large quantity of seeds lying on the ground. Here are some of the customners.
Common near bird feeders – a White-breasted Nuthatch
Black bees on the clover-heads drowsily clinging,
Where tall, feathered grasses and buttercups sway,
And all through the fields a white sprinkle of daisies,
Open-eyed at the setting of day. – Abba Gould Woolson (1838–1921)
Great post:). Is the indigo an early migrant or would it have been nesting in the park? I never saw one in the spring so might give it a try if it is likely to be seen. Thx
Wonderful pictures! And how nice of Deryk to help you out with the Indigo Bunting. I love that bird! Thanks, Miles!
Great work here, Miles. Thank you for capturing such wonderful images of a little gem that so few have a chance to see.