Under seige

It’s that time of year again. The sound of “chip, chip, chip,” followed a series of thunks and talon scratchings against the front door and the bedroom windows. Claudia Cardinal(e) is back defending her territory to the south and the Mr. Indigo Bunting is doing the same on the north side of the house.

Red and blue

A welcome sight on arriving home from work — indigo buntings and a cardinal pecking around the grass.

COLORS -- A rare double -- a cardinal and indigo bunting share the frame as they eat seed in the tall grass.
FLUFFY -- Indigo fluffs his feather against the rain.
BLUE BELLIED -- This lizard's underside turns a bright turquoise during breeding season. He shows it off doing pushups on a brick wall.