I glanced out the kitchen window yesterday afternoon to see FIVE male Painted Buntings eating at the feeder together! That’s the most I’ve seen together ever in the yard. Luckily I had the Beast nearby, and luckily my motion of putting the camera in the window didn’t scare them away. As I hit the shutter, several greenies came out to play too!
(If you don’t see the fifth male, look at the back feeder port – only his tail is sticking out!)
The male Painted Bunting on the bottom right perch of the feeder is in the middle of a molt. He has pin feathers sticking out all over his chest. I got a more clear shot of him as he exited the feeder cage.
Apparently his mother didn’t teach his to wipe his mouth off! She also didn’t teach him manners. When a greenie approached the feeder, the male Painted Bunting fussed and ran her off. How rude!
As far as I can see, none of these birds are banded. It’s too bad – it’d be fun to use the bands to track them from year to year.