Some favorites from my gardens
My gardens are Audubon Native Plant gardens which beside using far less water tend to attract a variety of birds, bees, butterflies and other visitors. The most colorful of the avian visitors is the Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris). Here is a male enjoying my west birdbath.
Painted Buntings have visited my gardens for 5 years running. This year they fledged 3 young. Below is the male with an immature male or female newly fledged.
Breeding populations of Painted Buntings have been affected by the illegal cage bird trade.
A Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) visits my west birdbath for a thorough wash every morning and most evenings. These guys have visited for 4 years running and fledged 3 this year.