I stepped out to replenish hummingbird feeders but didn't go far. On our patio in a little plant box Emily and Dempsey made for my birthday about three years ago were THREE
MALE PAINTED BUNTINGS! Baughman's, "Reference Atlas To The Birds Of North America" said of these birds: " The male painted bunting is often called the most colorful bird in North America." That covers a lot of birds and a lot of colors.
Male Painted Bunting
We have had a small flock of male and female buntings the last three days. They are eating seeds found on pineapple sage, a bloom hummingbirds love. At this point many of them have gone to seed. That is what the buntings love. We guess they will be gone very soon from the yard.
We still have rose-breasted grosbeak. He is a beautiful creature as well. These birds have wintered in Central America and the Caribbean Islands.
Our best sighting yesterday by Ann, Dickcissel, was only a male and female. These folks had come all the way from northern South America. They like the agriculture areas of Venezuela. We wondered if these birds joined up to make their gruesome flight of hundreds of miles.
Dickcissel Male Singing
The Lord reminded us of God's special creative interest in birds when he said: "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? " (Matthew 6)
THINK ABOUT THAT...