Male & Female Painted Bunting_93E5623

The male painted bunting is often described as the most beautiful bird in North America and as such has been nicknamed nonpareil, or “without equal”.  Its colors, dark blue head, green back, red rump, and underparts, make it extremely easy to identify, but it can still be difficult to spot since it often skulks in foliage even when it is singing. The plumage of female and juvenile painted buntings is green and yellow-green, serving as camouflage. Once seen, the adult female is still distinctive, since it is a brighter, truer green than other similar songbirds.

Male & Female Painted Bunting,_93E5623

Eastern Phoebe_93E5937

The eastern phoebe is a small passerine bird.  It is migratory, wintering in the southernmost United States and Central America.  This species appears remarkably big-headed, especially if it puffs up the small crest. Its plumage is gray-brown above. It has a white throat, dirty gray breast and buffish underparts which become whiter during the breeding season.

Eastern Phoebe_93E5937

Male Northern Cardinal in my backyard, MG_7047

So different from his female partner with his bright red plumage,  He is one of the most admired backyard bird species.  The pair has taken refuge in a tree nearby and I hope that this year during their breeding season which is from March to September, I’ll witness the birth of baby cardinals.

Male Northern Cardinal in my backyard, MG_7047