Last Friday, at sunset-happy-hour time, Denny and I took libations to the back porch for front-row seats at the evening hummingbird wars. Fall migration is in full swing and hummers exercise feisty, and often competing, ownership of our feeders and flowers. The swooping-chattering-diving spectacle holds us captive.
But that day, farther out, a mystery alighted.
See the bird pecking on the rock in the photo above, white with gray and blue patches? About the size of a cardinal, longish tail, pink legs. Chirps like a parakeet...
How did he arrive in our arid Texas hills?
What larger-than-a-pet-store-budgie species is he?
Will he stay? If he does, how will he survive the winter?
Some mysteries are solved by time, while others remain forever a reason to walk out the door, eyes open.
September 1, 2010: Thanks to new friend Deb of Front Porch Perspectives for identifying our visitor as a pied-budgie!
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