in an otherwise drab dirtville
I believe it's a Western Tanager. I have an annual visit when the palo verde tree blooms. The visiting bees attract the birds.
The pictures are taken through the window.
In other news, blogger is right on top of the problem some of us are having commenting, as evidenced by this quote taken from the blogger help page.
"We're investigating an issue which is preventing login and comment posting for some users, and hope to have a fix released shortly.
Thanks for your patience in the meantime. — latest update on Tuesday, May 24, 2011"
I mean they were on top of it, over a freaking week ago!!!