Indigo Bunting

At first, the mysterious blue bird was shy and kept his distance.
At first, the mysterious blue bird kept his distance.

Yesterday, Dennis Robinson, the Chickadee Dude (see our Chirbles the Chickadee pictures), spotted an indigo bunting, described by the Peterson guide as “casual” to Nova Scotia, in the Annapolis Valley.

The startlingly blue-feathered bird watched the chickadees from afar.  But finally, he decided that the chickadees had a good thing going and decided to check out some millet seeds (below).

This specimen is unusual in that his lower beak is light-coloured, rather than black as shown in the field guide.

Anyone else ever see an indigo bunting with a beak like this?

Indigo bunting eating millet seeds. Note the unusual lower beak.