It was a fantastic few days for seeing returning birds in the garden – a grey catbird, a brown thrasher and a blue indigo bunting.
The catbird is a variety of bird that passes through the garden in late May and early June. We usually hear their distinctive call before we see the birds. One of the calls is very cat like, hence their name. Catbirds belong to the Mimidae family that also includes some thrashers and mockingbirds. They like to mimic sounds of others.
They nest and feed in dense shrubby areas, and like to eat insects, larvae, spiders, wild grapes, and fruit from shrubs.
The brown thrasher also belongs to the Mimidae family, so it seems fitting they arrived with a day or so of each other.
The birds prefers dense hedge rows and shrubs but lucky for us he/she came out onto the lawn to peck for food.
Then in the evening while passing a window, the indigo bunting was spotted at the feeder. Cameras were quickly grabbed and some photos taken. This isn’t the best photo, but it was through the window in the early evening. However it does prove that the bunting was in the garden for another year. Looking back through the photo archives it seems the indigo bunting prefers to eat the mixed seed that is one a couple of the feeders.
As with most birds the male is the bright colour of blue or indigo and the female is shades of brown. The male does turn brown in winter. These birds area bout the size of a sparrow.