They’re Back!

Male Lazuli Bunting

Male Lazuli Bunting

Lady facing the camera

Lady facing the camera

This post marks the start of this year’s visit by the Lazuli Buntings, which began about a week ago.

These are not new pictures.  Hopefully, we will get more soon of these gorgeous birds that seem to enjoy the Palo Verde blossoms even more than we do.

In the meantime, Sheryl captured pictures of a few of the other visitors and one new Lazuli Bunting picture.

An Abert's Towhee

An Abert’s Towhee

Side View

Side View

From the back

From the back

A Bunting up in the tree

A Bunting up in the tree

One of many Goldfinches

One of many Goldfinches

A Spiny Lizard

A Spiny Lizard

A busy Hummingbird

A busy Hummingbird

A Yellow-rumped Warbler

A Yellow-rumped Warbler

 

New Year’s Day – 2015

A lady Costa's Hummingbird visiting Perry's Penstemon as the overnight snow melts.

This morning, Sheryl took this picture of a lady Costa’s hummingbird.

Our New Year’s Eve rain turned to snow leaving behind a two inch accumulation.  Undaunted, this lady Costa’s hummingbird visits the early blooming Parry’s Penstemon flowers for breakfast.

Spring Visitors – Migration 2014

Today was one of those magical spring mornings when the cool early morning air is filled with bird songs, mostly from migrants.

Here are two of the several nice pictures that Sheryl managed to take.

A visiting pair of Black Headed Grosbeaks

A visiting pair of Black Headed Grosbeaks

Of course this guy thinks he is the prettiest

Of course this guy thinks he is the prettiest

Sheryl says, “We had nearly every color of the rainbow with red represented by a Pyrrhuloxia and a Cardinal, orange in the Bullock’s Orioles, yellow in the Lesser Goldfinches and Yellow-rumped Warblers, green in a Green-tailed Towhee, blue in the small flock of Lazuli Buntings, and violet in the frequently seen male Costa’s Hummingbirds.”