It must be summer...the painted buntings have returned to our neighborhood.
They started arriving in May, flying in from Mexico and Central America. A long journey for a little finch.
A few stay here to raise families. More spread out through Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and parts of Kansas and Mississippi.
Yes, the male is the show-off in the family.
The female's yellowy-green is a better camouflage for nest-sitting. The young ones will look like her the first year. Then the boys will turn red yellow blue and green and we'll rush to the windows when they fly in.
You can say it's not fair. But you'd do the same thing.
Denny loves them too, here's his take on buntings and life.
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