Indigo Bunting

by Alexis Hayes
(Markham, Ontario, Canada)

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

If I had a bucket list for birds I'd love to see and photograph, two of those birds would be the Scarlet Tanager and the Indigo Bunting.


Last week while walking through Rouge Park Woodlands in Scarborough I finally saw and photographed my first Indigo Bunting.

Although common to the area it's only 5 1/2 inches long and usually stays well hidden in vines, shrubs and thickets.

It was his warble that made me aware of where he was.

Beautiful picture, thank you so much for sending this to us, our readers will love it!

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Jul 03, 2018
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Indigo Bunting Guelph ON
by: Ryan Johnston

Great find! I saw an Indigo Bunting on my road -cycle between Guelph, Ontario, and Waterloo, north of Hwy #7. It was my first and I'm very excited.

Jun 18, 2018
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Indigo Buntings
by: Anonymous

I believe that this is the type of bird I saw while riding today just outside of Paris, Ontario. I have never seen one like this before. I stopped to go back but by the time I got back it had flown away. It was amazing to see!

May 20, 2018
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Big Year
by: Anonymous

I'd been considering this my Big Year as I finally attracted Baltimore Orioles to feed here, and seems that a pair of Indigo Buntings have been hanging around, too. But now you have me wanting Scarlet Tanangers ...

May 12, 2018
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Indigo Buntings!
by: Leslie

We live in Combermere Ontario (north of Bancroft) and every year I get the odd glimpse of an Indigo Bunting and I hear their warble constantly. On the tenth of May EVERY YEAR the Rose Breasted Grosbeaks arrive at our feeder. This year - on the 10th of May - we not only had a flock of Grosbeaks but a pair of Indigo Bunting at our feeder also! Along with them there was a pair of Eastern Bluebirds but sadly, they found our blue Bird boxes lacking and left. The Indigo has been at our feed today as well. We have never had a Blue Bird use our boxes in the 16 years they've been up!!

May 11, 2018
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Indigo Buntings
by: Anonymous

My husband and I recently watched a pair of Indigo Buntings at our feeders. Hopefully, they will nest nearby. We have many birds and feeders, we just named all the species we could recall feeding on a regular basis and there were 16, with the Indigo Bunting the count is now seventeen, hopefully they will be regulars! We could have taken pictures but were so enthralled we did not think of it.

A one-time visitor was a Saw-whet owl which rested on a decorative evergreen in the landscaping. I believe it had been blown off course during a hurricane in the U.S.A. When studying its habits it explained why it appeared so tame.

May 11, 2018
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Indigo Bunting
by: David and Fran

This beautiful little bird has been visiting our feeders for the past two days, entertaining us with his skills in sharing one particular feeder with several Goldfinches and a few Red Capped Sparrows. His aerobatic antics are amazing and at the same time a little comical.

Jun 25, 2017
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Indigo Bunting
by: Anonymous

June 25, 2017 - I believe that I just saw one of these in my feeder in Lefroy (Innisfil) Ontario. I am so thrilled. Never expected to ever see one here.

Nov 19, 2016
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Indigo Bunting
by: Alexis

Thanks for that info about High Park and lovely story.

Nov 13, 2016
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Indigo Bunting in High Park
by: Anonymous

I think I've seen this bird in High Park (Bloor/Keele) There is a clearing in the woods a lovely man named Ben started. He has since passed away but the area is still maintained. He put bird feeders out, knew all the birds and what time of day they'd come to feed. Worth your while to take a trip there.

Jan 16, 2015
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Indigo Bunting
by: Alexis

I wish I could help you there Gerry. I do know that birds return to the same place each year. It's just a matter of being in the right spot at the right time to see them. I go every year numerous times to this same spot I took this photo. Some years I see them others I don't, but I know they're there as I can hear them. Keep looking and good luck.


Jan 13, 2015
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Bunting
by: Gerry Richardson

A beautiful bird. I shot one at Ojibway 1n 2013. I have not seen one since. Where is the best place and when are they most active?
Regards Gerry

May 27, 2012
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Indigo Bunting
by: Alexis

Thanks for your comments and I'm glad my photo helped you in identifying this bird.

Lucky you to see them so often.

This was the first time I have seen one.

May 24, 2012
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blue coloured dird
by: n0va59

Wow thanks...lol I see this bird quite frequently (well I have seen him at least 3 times this year) and now I know what he is...lol...thanks for the pic and the info :)

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