It was extra special last week to see a bright splash of blue in the backyard and to realize it was a male Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea). It’s a new member of our backyard bird list that we’ve kept since replanting the backyard with native plants in 2006. We’re now up to 66 different species.
It’s also been a treat to watch Northern Flickers (Colaptes auratus). We’ve seen these large woodpeckers before, but this is the first time we’ve had a male and female at the same time. It’s easy to tell them apart since the female doesn’t have the black malar (moustache).
We’re seeing lots of bird activity in the backyard these days, and thoroughly enjoying their early morning chorus. Having unexpected visitors is ‘icing on the cake’.
P.S. I initially thought the first bird was a Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea), but was corrected by several knowledgeable birders. The Grosbeak has a larger, thicker bill, and brown wingbars. See a comparison.