I was born to be a scientist! Well, perhaps an assistant to an assistant scientist. My math skills fall a little short. And my memory for trivial facts and dates is somewhat lacking. And I don’t always understand how complicated things work. But I have curiosity down pat, and I’m a natural at observation. I spend my days wondering about a hundred things and I sometimes become a little obsessed with one thing or another. So you will forgive me if I’m a little distracted by this week’s visitors.
Yes, we now have two male painted buntings visiting the yard. Plus a somewhat elusive female. She only visits the feeder that is in deep shade in front of a screened window (why did I not place that somewhere else?), so combined with her odd lime green color, I haven’t gotten any photos of her…yet. Last night a juvenile bunting showed up to eat with one of the males. I had to look in my guide to make sure. They are so plain that it is quite a contrast to the adults! If you look closely to the left of the young one you will see that one male is feeding on the other side.
The male in the sun and the one in the shade with the cardinal are two different birds. You’ll have to trust me on this one- I couldn’t get them to perch closer together. In fact there were a few disagreements between them.