I mentioned the other day that I had seen Mr. Indigo Bunting.

This morning he showed up again on the farther feeder, but I had the camera with the zoom handy.

He thinks he is an Oriole…

In the meantime, why did the sparrow cross the road?

Probably to laugh at the squirrel, here baffled by the baffler.

Neener neener neener.

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  1. Christina says:

    We used to get indigo buntings at our feeder. Sigh…no more.
    Once we even had a blue grosbeak. Once. The local bird-watching people didn’t believe me. But this thing was three times the size of an indigo bunting and had the typical grosbeak beak.

  2. Mitch_WA says:

    Your squirrel is so skinny! The ones around here are twice as plump! Poor Rocky…

  3. RJSciurus says:

    Neener neener neener. Is that liturgical Latin? I can’t seem to find it.

  4. thomas says:

    no wonder the squirrel’s skinny..the fat squirrels at our place would snicker at that “baffle”

  5. My squirrels would simply climb the tree in the background and make a flying leap to the top of the baffle or even on the feeder itself! (chuckle)

  6. Andrew, medievalist says:

    The squirrels to the north of the 49th parallel wouldn’t bother with the bird feeder…they’d wait until the racoons had knocked over the garbage bin and then delight in scattering stuff across the drive in search of a delicate morsel. Argh!

  7. irishgirl says:

    I used to see squirrels at my birdfeeder, and they had a heck of a time getting up to it. But they did!

    I always thought they’d go ‘splat’ on the ground if they leaped from the crabapple tree and missed the feeder!

    Nothing stops a squirrel….

    ‘neener neener neener’….oh, that’s funny, Fr. Z!

  8. Girgadis says:

    Never knew what an indigo bunting was – thanks for the education. What a gorgeous

  9. Amy in NJ says:

    That is the skinniest squirrel I have ever seen! Your baffles must be doing a very good job!

  10. TerryN says:

    Now I see what keeps the squirrels at bay. Very good!

  11. michael r. says:

    The sparrow is a White-Crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia leucophyrs.

  12. r7blue1pink says:

    the baffler is similiar to what I constructed, but mine is more wider so they cant even attempt to get on top of it..

    the bunting is a gorgeous bird… I hope to see it and some orioles here…

  13. Fr. Z., my mom has a good and even funny trick if you are having trouble with squirrels.

    Spray the post with PAM. Watch the little buggers slide down the pole each time they hop on it and get a good laugh in the process. Bust out the Z-Cam before that and post the footage up on Radio Sabina.


  14. Sara says:

    The swallows are nesting here in Utah…dive-bombing everything that comes within 50 meters…

  15. Dennis says:

    I must congratulate for the beautiful Indigo Bunting, which is indeed my favorite bird. We had an appearance on the grounds last year but not this year. I think I just saw one of them whilst running on the Towpath this afternoon in a pleasant gentle rain three hours ago. At the parish we have four boxes on the back six acres. The southeast box has a family of Eastern Bluebirds. The northeast box has a family of Tree Swallows. The two westside boxes are empty, but I must go out there and see if the pesky sparrows have soiled the boxes. I believe our church is the only one in the diocese with a worm farm; we have been breeding our own worms by the thousand for the Bluebirds. We call them by name and the come up to the rectory for their succulent treats. Confirmation is next weekend, so we are wondering what the bishop will think of our worm farm. We’ve had some wonderful guests over the years, including a Northern Flicker and an elusive Towhee. The picture of the bunting is precious.

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