Friday, 17 September 2021

Indigo Blue

Disappointingly, Eastern Bluebirds did not use my nest boxes this year. In fact they never even showed up to use my bird baths which were such a hit with them last year. Sure hope they are okay and just like it better elsewhere.

But this summer another little bird with a suit of blue frequented the baths. A male Indigo Bunting. I'm sure the female was here as well but unrecognized with her plumage of streaky brown.

A male Indigo Bunting checking out the scene.

In shade, he'd look black but the sunlight paints a brighter colour.

He steps cautiously into the pool.

Ah-h-h, feels absolutely wonderful!!
Well, that was refreshing! Must come back soon!
 

Since it was an extra hot summer, it was almost a full time job to keep my three bird baths clean and refilled.

A Northern Flicker stops by to wet his whistle.

Dad and Junior Robin take a dip.

The metal bath is well used but not quite as popular.

A crowd of starlings quickly reduce the water level.


On my last visit to a grocery store, one of my impulse buys was a box of tulip bulbs. In the Spring they should produce a cheerful bouquet for the table.

Bulbs from a grower in Holland to my flower border.

I tacked a net over them to thwart skunks, squirrels and a certain cat.

Wild asters contrast nicely beside a pot of nasturtiums.

Ellie Mae's favourite hobby is catching and eating mice.

"Well, that was tasty! What's for afters?"


 

11 comments:

  1. She has such a beautiful coat!
    Funny how birds come and go. I had a house wren visit once, gone! I put up extra boxes, too!

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    1. And she loves to be combed, Jennifer. Thankfully! My house wrens are regulars every breeding season. Cutie patooties!

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  2. It's been awhile since we've seen Ellie Mae, she looks pretty formidable in that last pic! Florence, I really enjoyed those birdbath photos... it amazes me how you're able to get some of these photos. Love the blue Bunting!

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    1. So easy to snap the bird bath photos, Doug. The favoured little cement bath is only a few feet outside my kitchen window. And it is a birdy magnet! Ellie Mae must sense the coming cold season. She has started staying indoors at night now and using me as her heating pad. Plus I think she is showing her gratitude for all the meals and treats.

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  3. Ellie Mae, you wouldn't stoop to digging up the garden, surely, with that beautiful face. Love the birds and their stories

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    1. Only in winter does she use her indoor litter box, Jean. Hope you enjoyed your shopping spree!

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  4. I didn't get any blue birds either this year. Hope that isn't a sign. Those buntings are so pretty. I remember being startled at the color when I saw my first. That net is a good idea. I guess Ellie Mae might try to use that nice fluffed soil for a bathroom without it.

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    1. Without the net she certainly would be digging into it, Patti. Interesting that you didn't have bluebirds this year either. Must check out the Bluebird Society postings to see what luck other folk had this year. Not all my boxes were used by tree swallows so I know there were vacancies here. (sigh)

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  5. That Indigo Bunting would be a pretty special bird to see around here!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, F.G. Havn't noticed a bird bath in your shots but they are certainly a rewarding feature.

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  6. Apart from the Starlings, which are plentiful, those are all birds which are never seen here. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment on my blog.

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