Growing up, aside from the more common feeder birds, I never had bluebirds or indigo buntings...and only a rare sighting of a Baltimore oriole (perhaps not even on our property). Living in the country (and creating habitat) has given me the opportunity to see several species here that I was never lucky enough to see before.
Red, orange, yellow,
Of course, the biodiversity doesn't end there...I have many others--many common, some never common to me. With spring, the catbird returned, later, the Baltimore oriole--which has nested here for several years (perhaps as long as we've been here...but I've only noticed in the past few years). I am pleased to have spotted a rose-breasted grossbeak again this year as well.
Hopefully, some day I will document all of the biodiversity of plants and animals that have visited...or even made a home here. For now, I had to share my colorful spring birds.