Last fall a blustery storm blew up really fast and left just as fast. In its wake, the front yard was full of the largest variety of birds I have ever seen in one place. They were all very agitated and flying around like crazy. They were also calling out to each other. After watching for a while I realized that they were chasing and eating small flying insects that were almost invisible. Anyway, this is one of the birds that I couldn't identify. At first I thought it was a goldfinch in winter garb but it was larger than a finch and when I compared it to goldfinches that were also flying around the coloring was different. Any ideas? These photos were taken through my living room window so they aren't very sharp.
Oh wow! I would never have thought of that gardenpom because we don't generally seen them around here. I think they are more prevalent in the Carolinas near the coast. BUT... about 10 years ago I was totally stunned but a pair of males that flew right by my head from out of nowhere. They were too busy fighting and arguing with each other to have noticed me kneeling in the garden. It took me a good five minutes to catch my breath though as they were so bright and beautiful they didn't seem real. I got up and tried to find them in the backyard where they flew into a tree. By the time I got there they were gone. So maybe this was a female!!! Especially since it was here on the tail of a large storm during migration season. You are so lucky to see them at your feeders!
Gee, I could look at these gorgeous pics all day long lol. I know we get the Indigo Buntings because a co-worker of mine gets them all the time. I have never seen one at my house though. She is more isolated and woodsy than I am. Its one of the birds I hope to see someday!
So many of these females look alike...I checked on these, and I saw a female Summer Tanager that looked even more like it. I have got to get a good bird identification book. Any suggestions from people who have one on which is best?