She's baaaaack! My little female Painted Bunting has returned to my feeders!
Isn't it funny how you tend to refer to them in the possessive? Here we have a truly wild and free creature, who, because she likes to visit my yard for the occasional meal in autumn and winter, has become mine. Just like the Gray Catbird who we've named "Catbert". Probably isn't even the same catbird, or perhaps one of several but we only ever see one at a time. Silly.
Okay, this isn't a current photo, but I'll get one soon, now that I know she's here.
But I'm overjoyed because - this week alone - I've seen the Painted Bunting, Catbert, and a couple of the Turkey Vultures (fly-overs, of course). That can only mean one thing: Winter's Coming! And down here, it just doesn't get any better than that.