"Hey Barb - come here! Quick!! Hurry!!"
I dropped what I was doing and rushed into the bedroom, but figured Tom was just calling me to watch some poor squirrel try to maneuver around the "squirrel-proofing" he had rigged up on the birdfeeder outside the window. He had been keeping a close watch to see if it worked.
Instead, my glance outside was rewarded by an explosion of color nibbling on seed at the feeder. A male Painted Bunting had stopped for a snack in our front yard - lucky us! He was absolutely gorgeous, and was gracious enough to stick around long enough for me to connect my zoom lens to my camera and sneak out the front door for a few photographs.
I also snapped a few of a squirrel enjoying the corn I put out for him. My dad made the squirrel feeder a few years ago, but I admit I had gotten negligent about replacing the empty cobs. After our experience with Sammy, I'm replacing it every day again, in his memory and honor (especially since Tom is successfully keeping his family off of the bird feeder!)