My First Indigo Bunting Sighting

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.