A mystery bird sang from the tree next to the Great St. Johnswort flowers while I was watching the bees at the end of June. I could hear his cheerful melody. When I looked up, the music appeared to be coming from the leaves.
I listened and watched until I saw him. He is an immature male indigo bunting. In the spring, I saw a fully grown male indigo bunting for the first time. He was in the bushes and the trees on the road to the pond by the lake. When I was watching the house wrens, I saw another one. They were both too far away for photographs.
This young one flies a circuit that includes the garden, the trees across the road and places I don’t know. I hear his song move around and then fade for a while before he comes back.
On Sunday morning, he rested for a moment on an evergreen in the garden so I could take his portrait. He is slightly larger than the goldfinches. He spent Sunday chasing a male goldfinch around the garden in between singing and looking for food.
The goldfinch was persistent and came back to sing his song again.
July 2, 2017
An American goldfinch singing and grooming in Jester Park, Iowa, July 2, 2017.
An American goldfinch singing in Jester Park, Iowa, July 2, 2017. An indigo bunting and a northern cardinal sing in the background.
July 5, 2017
An indigo bunting singing at sunrise in the fog, Jester Park, Iowa, July 5, 2017.
An indigo bunting singing in Jester Park, Iowa, July 5, 2017. Other birds sing and chatter in the background.
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