Migrating birds have returned to Michigan, but the tufted titmouse in the photo above stays all winter. Today we had an indigo bunting visit our bird feeder as well as gold finches and a red house finch. Even though it was dark and rainy the indigo bunting male glowed with unearthly shades of blue. Finches (the indigo bunting is one) go for thistle seeds. The tufted titmouse likes sunflower seeds. We also had hummingbirds visit our hummingbird feeder today.
As Shakespeare famously wrote: "Winds may shake the darling buds of May"
Steve Damstra, a professional photographer took this photo in May.The photo also features a "darling bud."