It was a delight to host these beautiful bright blue Indigo Buntings during their spring migration northward. The images below were captured in April. For about two weeks, the buntings, along with some Blue Grosbeaks, frequently made trips back and forth to our feeders.
A breeding male Indigo Bunting is blue all over, with slightly richer blue on his head and a shiny, silver-gray bill. Females are basically brown, with faint streaking on the breast, a whitish throat, and sometimes a touch of blue on the wings, tail, or rump. Immature males are patchy blue and brown.
Adult male and female Indigo Buntings:
Immature males in molting stage:
These birds travel up to 1,200 miles one way (some references say to up 2,000 miles) during their migration to summer breeding grounds. They winter in the southernmost tip of Florida to South America. Hopefully, I'll host them again as they travel south to their wintering grounds. They're so beautiful in their bright blue plumage!
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