Texas Gardening forum: Pretty visitors this weekend!

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Name: Carey
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careyana
Apr 30, 2013 10:13 PM CST

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Name: Anna
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canadanna
May 1, 2013 7:02 AM CST
Very pretty indeed! What kind are they?
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
May 1, 2013 1:06 PM CST
Very pretty, I think they are painted Buntings.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
May 1, 2013 1:08 PM CST

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Wow! You're lucky! We haven't seen anything but cardinals with color.
Name: Carey
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careyana
May 1, 2013 8:42 PM CST
They are indeed Painted Buntings. It's been years since I've seen them - but it looks like the mockingbird has chased them off. Thumbs down
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
May 2, 2013 12:32 PM CST
They ARE nice! I've been seeing them since early in April. The Painted Bunting seems to keep as low a profile as possible, hiding in shrubs and trees. But it does have to eat, so it'll come to a feeder...it likes white millet mainly. I've been told that they don't stay long in cities, usually no more than a few days. Here's the gang at one of my feeders earlier today. Painted Bunting and Lesser Goldfinch.
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
May 2, 2013 12:50 PM CST
Beautiful Lovey dubby
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Name: Carey
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
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careyana
May 6, 2013 9:10 PM CST
You're lucky Linda. I think the only reason we see them is the large greenbelt behind the house that's fairly undisturbed.

Do they like mealworms at all?

I now have a few finches and phoebes making a mess of the feeder. The Cardinals aren't even around as much. Shrug!
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
May 7, 2013 12:32 AM CST
I haven't tried mealyworms, but I hear they eat insects, so maybe it would work. The females are here now also.
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