High Temperature: 96F Low Temperature: 73F Sunrise: 6:11 am Sunset: 8:37 pm Humidity: 53% Wind: s 7 mph Chance of Rain: 10%
The bird clearly doesn't belong here. It's too bright, too colorful, too fancy for this vast, windy prairie. And yet it returns spring after spring. Not only it - but several of them. We know because we hear their calls back and forth early in the morning and then again as evening descends. High up in the trees, the males' feathers luminesce in the sun. The females flirt in the tall grasses below. The diminutive Painted Bunting makes its summer home here. The birds' breeding area encompasses Texas, Louisiana, most of Oklahoma and Arkansas, a thin slice in Mississippi and along the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. During the winter, Oklahoma Painted Buntings spend their time south of the border in Mexico and Latin America.
This year we have one bold fellow who serenades us each morning as we eat breakfast. Facing into the sunrise, he perches on a wire tomato cage that sits near a sliding glass door that we open to the cool air. His song comes in clear and crystalline. Far off we can hear an answering male, both sure of their territory and making sure the other respects his space.