A Goodbye, Blue Happiness, and A Hello There

Last week we had a yard full of rose-breasted grosbeaks until we did not.

Goodbye grosbeaks!

At one point, I counted at least 7 milling around our feeders and in the yard. My husband even set up his hunting blind in the backyard so I could try for better pictures. (Most my pictures are through the glass on the back door.)

And then by Wednesday, perhaps Thursday, I noticed I didn’t see them any longer.  Come back anytime grosbeaks! We’ll be here.

A Different Bluebird of Happiness

Feeling a bit glum about the disappearance of “my” grosbeaks and a yucky weather week, I went for a walk on our one sunny day. Drove myself to a park full of trails where I often see little bluebirds of happiness. Usually right as I turn the bend into this tree lined area here:

I did see bluebirds around the bend but not the Eastern bluebirds I usually find. Wow, you are a very blue bird indeed!

While I was fairly sure I’d spotted an indigo bunting, I did consult my bird book at home. My youngest son helped me look and compare (I toyed with the idea it might be a blue grosbeak as well) and we’ve decided yes, I did spot a male indigo bunting on my walk. They’d certainly be welcome in my backyard any time as well as the grosbeaks.

A New Hello at Home

It’s baby season in the backyard.

It’s no secret the house sparrows annoy me with their “suet feeder school” (They’ve now also taught a starling these skills along with the blue jay from last week.) However, the little baby sparrows are quite cute and fluffy.

And so are the babies of my regular backyard residents, the house finches. I’ve been quite enamored with this little one:

Makes me smile. The little gray cat, not so much. She doesn’t care and these birds distract me from my more important duties like showering her with constant attention (until she’s tired of it).

Why do you want to watch birds when you could be petting me?


Other birds spotted this week: a nuthatch, downy woodpeckers, red-bellied woodpeckers, robins, bluejays, cardinals, grackles, brown-headed cowbirds (though not as many thank goodness!), starlings, goldfinch, and my white-crowned sparrow (he also disappeared it seems about the same time as the grosbeaks). Oh, and turkey vultures plus maybe a killdeer (not sure, far away in tall grass) at the park.

Joining in with the Bird Depot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’.

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10 thoughts on “A Goodbye, Blue Happiness, and A Hello There

    1. Jean Post author

      I’d have been super excited had he been in my backyard! Still thrilling to see one at the park. Hope you’ve had a great weekend!

  1. Anni

    Those indigo burnings are beautiful! And to have such great sightings in your own back yard…with a bird blind no less! You’re living the good life. (Also loving that beautiful kitty of yours)
    As always, I thank you for taking time out in your day to show off your birds with us at I’d Rather B Birdin this week.
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    1. Jean Post author

      They really are beautiful birds! Part of our luck is that the house next door is currently vacant and the owner is horrible at maintaining the yard so it’s like living next to a wildlife refuge in the backyard (not sure the neighbor on the other side is as happy about that). Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! This year was the first time I’ve ever seen Grosbeaks and only the 2nd time I’ve ever seen an indigo bunting. Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend!

    1. Jean Post author

      I think they are really beautiful as well. Thank you. Hope you have a wonderful week as well!

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