Yes, he was only here briefly, and yes, he only allowed for one quick photo through a hazy window... but Alan and I were thrilled to see this male Varied Bunting at our bird feeder on Wednesday! When we lived in Guadalupe Canyon, they were a frequent sight in the summer, and we followed the saga of their nesting, including one poor harried male pursued by a begging juvenile cowbird. But here in Portal they are much scarcer, and this male is the first we've seen in our yard.
I live with my husband Alan Craig in a round stone house, in the shadow of Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains. We watch the seasons cycle, watch the comings and goings of hummingbirds and of marauding Javelinas, and treasure the rich hours spent with friends in the Portal-Rodeo community. Being home is good… but so is being footloose in the wide, wild world, and this blog will focus mostly on roaming the wild areas of this marvelous earth!