I was surprised today to see my first-of-fall male and female Painted Buntings in the backyard. They typically arrive within the first two weeks of October, so they are running a little early this year. Welcome back friends!
Our buntings arrive just as finalize preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Ian. I’m leaving out the bird feeders as long as I can!
Here’s the “before” picture of the backyard. The eye is projected to pass overhead as the storm slowly moves through and dumps up to 2 feet of water on the backyard.
We’ll see you from the other side!