Sunday, April 26, 2009

An indigo bunting and other cool winged friends

I don't have a photo to prove it, but a beautiful, beautiful indigo bunting visited our bird feeder this evening before supper! You just wouldn't believe the brilliant blue hues that bird has! Stunning, just stunning. All I could say when I spotted it was "OH, MY STARS OVER BLANCO!"

In the past week or so, the black-bellied whistling ducks have returned to roost in our live oaks at night. "Hey, guys, how you doin'?" I'll holler up at them, then give them a wave. We've also seen and heard the green herons as they fly by. They like to roost in our neighbors' trees across the vacant lot from us.

Last night, we sat in our driveway, hoping to catch sight of chimney swifts and purple martins foraging overhead. Instead, a slew of Brazilian free-tailed bats put on a show. They soared, dove, and veered right over our heads. "This is better than television!" James exclaimed. I nodded.


Lorilee said...

Oh, I'm so jealous. I would SO love to see an Indigo Bunting. I once saw a Painted Bunting in our yard! I did take a photo, but I didn't have a great lens! I have heard that the Green Jays are in this area. My son saw some with his friend at their hunting lease!

Town Mouse said...

Very cool! Whistling duck? Do they really whistle? I agree, better than television by a far cry.

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

Yes they do have a whistling call. Listen here:

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