For two days this past week, a single indigo bunting appeared at the bird feeder and often sat in the branches of a nearby bush. Then he was gone.
A small bird, the indigo bunting is migratory, ranging from southern Canada to northern Florida. According to the National Audubon Society, it likes brushy slopes, abandoned farmland, old pastures and fields grown to scrub, woodland clearings, and forest edges adjacent to fields. Indigo buntings actually are black in color, but the diffraction of light through the structure of their feathers cause them to look blue. We do not see them here in North Georgia every year, and I remember them as being slightly larger than the bird that visited this week.