This is a picture of a turkey vulture that landed outside the window of my office in downtown Minneapolis, MN.
It was a nice day today. Walking around the Como Lake, we saw all sorts of birds coming back from migration. There were loons, coots, mallards, and gulls. The red-winged blackbirds were in full chorus.
One of the coolest things was a mature bald eagle that surprised us overhead. We stopped walking to take a look at it, when all of a sudden its talons came out, and down toward the water it went. When it came up, it had a fish.
Eagles are still an amazing sight. Even though they are easier to spot, their size and the way they soar are always captivating in my book.
Since I started paying attention to birds just a few years ago or so, I've always been fascinated with the Indigo Bunting. Probably for two reason. One (in my opinion), it's one of the more exotic looking birds that Minnesotans can see. And two, no matter how hard I tried, I could never see one in the woods. Just pictures in books. It always bugged me.
This morning that all changed though. While I was sitting at the breakfast table, I looked out at the feeder. At first I thought "that's an indigo bunting out there!" But, since that's never my luck, I figured it must be a bluebird. Once I saw that the chest was also blue, though, I ran and grabbed my video camera.
I couldn't believe it. I was actually seeing an indigo bunting. And, not out in some quiet, wooded area, but right in my back yard. Right here in Saint Paul, MN. When I got back to the window with the camera, it was still there. And, it stayed there for quite some time. Here's the video.
The funny thing is that lately I began thinking my back yard lacked bird traffic. It doesn't have a lot of trees, so I've always figured I'd have problems getting birds to visit. Now, I wonder if these sightings are more common than I think. I haven't really been bird watching for long, so it was definitely a blast to see. I hope it comes back again soon.
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