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Scarlet tanager and indigo bunting — 13 Comments

  1. You know I’m a bird freak also. Now I’m a traveling bird freak. No better way to see lots of different birds. I am sorry I will be missing the migration in LA.

    Yes, my freaky friend! I’ll keep you posted! What’s your life list up to now?

  2. Beautiful. You didn’t even have to go to Grand Isle this year to get a look at these. Wonder if the tanager was wondering where your bees went.

    Guess what? The clover in my yard is covered with bees! They have a feral colony somewhere, and it’s not in the walls or roof of my house, that I know of! I would like to find them, so I can rob the honey, anyway! That would be great!

  3. These are beautiful. I also love looking at the different kinds of birds that come to our feeders in North Louisiana. I may not get something like this but I do enjoy watching them.

    I would think you might get some of these as they make their way further north. They don’t come down to the feeders, though. Sit in the yard around 6 p.m. and look up in the trees. Watch for flashes of color. They are eating bugs and caterpillars up there! Let me know what you see in about two weeks, ok?

  4. Oh, yes! I see the Indigo Bunting! Beautiful! I see a very few of then here in NE Texas each year. Quite a treat ! I have only seen two Painted Buntings in the 30 some odd years I have lived here and it was quite a treat! I did get some photos last year, tho not real clear. They are simply beautiful! I am seeing a lot of very golden Goldfinches the past few days. It seems late for them ..There are so many and they usually come when the weather is cold. I love birdwatching.

    Thanks for the comment, Doris. I don’t get to see the Goldfinches but sure would love to. You are on the same Central Flyway route as Sweet Magnolia from East Texas. Check out this site to see more of what you can expect. http://www.birdnature.com/flyways.html

  5. Ive been watching for birds since your hummer post…Ive only seen a couple of small blue birds, morning doves, and fly catchers…hopefully I’ll be rewarded for my patience soon.

    Hi Deb. It’s a little early yet, I think, but it looks like you are on the “main” route for the Central Flyway. Here is a site that I found very helpful in understanding what the birds are doing. http://www.birdnature.com/flyways.html

  6. Some fine pics of two beautiful birds. Though not a “birdee” by definition… I love watching the wintering birds from my deer stand in Dec & Jan. Most notably and somewhat rare are the Baltimore Orioles; yellow being a bit more common than the orange. And of course the brilliant little blue birds that arrive late.

    My most memorable moment was the roosting of some very large Wood Storks just yards from my box stand. Though common to Louisiana… a very rare sight for my eyes. I actually snapped a few pics, but the light and distance prevented any quality pictures.
    MD

    So by definition, what exactly is a “birdee”? I hate to tell you, MD, but if you love watching birds from your deer stand, you ARE a “birder”. I have never seen a wood stork yet, but I will one day.

  7. I recently discovered your site and wanted to let you know I enjoy it. I live in Grand Isle and excitedly wait for spring every year! We have several large oaks(fortunately Katrina didn’t get’m!!) and there are hundreds if not thousands of birds visiting regularly. Sadly, I haven’t seen them yet….especially all the little hummingbirds!!! Hopefully, it won’t be long. ‘will keep you posted!!

    Hey Cheryl! Welcome! Found me from the Island Beacon, no doubt? So glad to have you! Yes, I love birding on Grand Isle! In 2004, Mr. Bobby taught me that I could have the same birds in my yard that he had in his if I did the right things. He was right! I am familiar with almost every “back street” on the island, so I’ve probably passed your house. Did you have water in it for the storm?

  8. I don’t know if I missed them or they haven’t done their
    “fly over” yet. Every year we have a huge flock of Canadian geese that use the sky over my house on their way home. Do you think I missed them or they haven’t come yet?

    I’m sorry, K, I don’t know much about their migration times/patterns.

  9. I’m waiting for these birds to arrive here. The Scarlet is so lovely, and the bunting has to be seen for the intense blue to be believed.

    Do you have Whippoorwills on the bayou?

    No, we don’t have them, but the closest thing is the common nighthawk.

  10. Granny Sue…..the Whippoorwills. I spent much of my childhood with my Grandfather on a farm learning how to whistle their call. I hear them all the time. I live on the north shore from New Orleans.

    The cry (or hoot) is amazing to hear.

  11. That “indigo” is beautiful. Where is it from? Several years ago, I spotted a blue bird along our levy. It had a red short “cone”, like a chicken. Any ideas what this is?

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