Borrego Springs, CA

Friday, April 23, 2010

A bevy of buntings, and a bunny

The winds continued out of the south overnight, and the forecasted storms passed us by.  I had today off of work, so I was leisurely reading blogs on the computer when I noticed some exciting new visitors to the Hard Rock Bird Cafe!  All bird migration has been about a week to ten days behind this spring in Texas. 

How can you not be impressed by the colors of this male Painted Bunting?  I was beginning to wonder if they were ever going to show up!

I don't know of another bird in this country with such a mix of vibrant colors.

 He certainly seemed pleased with the menu after his long journey.

Later in the day, the not so conspicuous female showed up.  However, the painted buntings were just the beginning of the parade of new visitors.

Next to show up was a male Lazuli Bunting.  This was a new life bird for me, and has never been really documented on the refuge.  Woohoo!

That's the Lazuli bunting in the middle, with a painted bunting at the bottom, and a mourning dove at the top.  Lot's of business today.

And last, but not least, was an Indigo Bunting.  That's three bunting species in one day at the cafe.  Life is good!

After all that excitement, I took Emma to the kennel for her weekend stay.  I'm boarding her so I won't have to worry about her during this very busy Songbird Festival weekend.  After running several more errands, I returned to the rig.  I was planning to sit outside in the afternoon, but temps soared into the upper 80's with very high humidity, so I opted to enjoy my air conditioning instead.

Since Emma was gone, the rabbit made an afternoon to munch on the seeds.

My first tour of the weekend is tomorrow afternoon.  Wish me luck!  :)

Thanks for stopping by....talk to you later,  Judy


  1. Just discovered your blog and have so enjoyed the beautiful pictures of your Hard Rock Bird Cafe patrons. They are just stunning! I will enjoy reading and catching up on your journey.

    We just started full-timing in August and are really enjoying this lifestyle. :) We will be camphosting at FDR State Park beginning June 1. One of our favorite parks. :)

    Gerri & Mike Jones(happytrails)

  2. What beautiful photos!!! I am so envious of your just seeing these birds but all at the same time and at your feeder. WOW- is all I can say!