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Indigo Bird

Updated on July 29, 2012

One morning, while making my way down the queen ann’s lace lined gravel road, I maneuvered around the sharp corner just before the little river and spotted the most beautiful bird I have ever seen. He was clinging to some tall grass that was busting with seeds. Usually birds flutter away when anyone tries to come near. This time he sat proud as I rolled my car to a stop and watched him from my driver’s side window.

I have seen these birds flutter across the road time and time again like little blue streaks. They are fast and usually dive into the nearest bush or patch of tall grass. But this time, I could almost reach out my car window and touch this bird. He acknowledged my presence, then continued to feast on the seeds beneath his tiny talons.

I must of sat there for five minutes enjoying the view. His feathers shinned of cobalt blue and iridescence turquoise sometimes casting purple hues. The tail had thin streaks of black in them. The grass stalk that he clung to slightly bent beneath his weight. The tender light brown grass seeds hung from his beak as he picked off more. Ah, breakfast!

After all this mighty little Indigo Bird needs plenty of fuel, for he will spend the rest of the day singing his little heart out. If he is courting, he will sing up to 680 songs in one hour’s time. His multitude of songs begin from sunup to sundown. No other bird exercises his lungs so often like this one.

These beautiful birds are only in our fields until the fall, when both the male and female begin to return to Central America. It is not only instinct that leads them there and back, but they navigate themselves with the help from the North Star. They understand the constellations, the night sky!

That early morning I was very blessed to be a small part of that bird’s journey. His beauty and his bravery stayed with me the rest of the day. I admire the gifts the Creator gave to this species, the blue colors, their song and their ability to read the stars.

Like the Indigo Bird, each of us has a special beauty we wear like those turquoise feathers. We all have special songs in our hearts that should stay vocal from sunup to sundown. We all have navigational tools that lead us back to our Creator at the end of our journey. The Indigo bird is a simple reminder of the art of life. So this day remind yourself to respect your own beauty and to sing and to take wings and fly!


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      backporchstories 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Thanks for reading. I love birds too....they all are beautiful!

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      I love this story about your close encounter with the gorgeous Indigo Bunting. I think they are the most beautiful of any birds I have seen yet. Once at my Mom's house I had a brief glimpse of an Indigo Bunting in her birdbath. The beauty actually made be catch my breath. I felt so wonderful to have been at the right place at the right time! And then 2 years ago I spied a pair as they landed very briefly on the ground under my bird feeders. They were gone in a flash, but their short stay has remained sharp in my memory. Loved the way you have interwoven the journeys we and all the souls and spirits around us take.Thank you very much for the link! Voted Up, Awesome, Beautiful and Interesting.

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      The bird picture is stunning. I thought my woodpecker was special, but the coloring on this bird is unspeakable.

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      backporchstories 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Thank you so much. Appreciate you stopping at my hub and for you kind words.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Voted awesome and up. Your message is twofold, and I admire your statements. Thanks for a great hub.