Male Lazuli Bunting
I usually don't see the Lazuli in my yard, but this spring I saw a number of the males come to the feeder area.
The Lazuli Bunting, Passerina amoena, is a one of our North American songbirds. The Lazuli breeds throughout much of the western U.S. They can be found in open brushy hillsides, riparian shrubs, grassy areas in chaparral, weedy fields and ditches. The female has a plain brown back, a buff chest area and sometimes has a small amount of blue on the brown wingtips. This photo was taken at the end of April in 2011.