Hooded Oriole

2019: Photographic Year in Review

December 31, 2019 - Like every year, I enjoyed time in my wonderful backyard, where our wintering Painted Buntings are such a joy every time we look out the back windows.... Read more


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August 15, 2019 - Loggerhead Turtle Hatchling Emergence!!Out of the Egg: I Saw a Sandhill Crane Hatch!!!Snowy Owl in FloridaAtlantic Puffins on Machias Seal IslandNewborn Sandhill Crane Baby at NestPrecious Moments with the Least TernsBlack Skimmer ColonySwallow-tailed Kite RoostCygnets for Mother's Day A Rainbow of Color at Fort De SotoGreat Horned Owl Nest at Fort…... Read more

Painted Bunting

I Miss my Painted Buntings!

May 16, 2019 - My Painted Buntings have only been gone for a couple of weeks and I already miss them.... The Painted Buntings were obviously gearing up for a long migration flight.... Read more

Painted Bunting (Male)

Colorful Afternoon in the Backyard

April 3, 2019 - It's springtime and my feeders are full of Painted Buntings and American Goldfinches.... In previous backyard bird photography sessions, I waited for hours before a male Painted Bunting happened onto my staged perch.... Read more

Painted Bunting

Addicted to my Painted Buntings

February 7, 2018 - Another weekend morning, another chance to hang out with my Painted Buntings....  It was covered in seeds, a yummy prospect for a Painted Bunting.... The Painted Buntings were not the only customers at my feeders that morning.... Read more

Painted Bunting

A Morning in Backyard Birding Paradise

January 24, 2018 - Today's treat was my Painted Buntings.... The Painted Buntings are used to perching in my hummingbird bush and in the wild salvias that grow in my backyard.... Last April I spent a lot of time in the yard, trying to get a male Painted Bunting to show off for my…... Read more

Painted Bunting

Breaking News!

October 8, 2017 -  Our First of Fall Painted Bunting arrived in our yard this afternoon!... Read more

Painted Bunting

Birds on Bird Finials

May 5, 2017 - Red-winged Blackbird on Finial Male Painted Bunting next to Finial Greenie Painted Bunting Next to Finial Northern Cardinal on Finial Mourning Dove next to Finial American Goldfinches on Finial Hehe, yep!... Read more

Painted Bunting

Backyard Bird Feeder Fun

April 30, 2017 - How often do you get to see three male Painted Buntings at a feeder?... Note that I usually cover my Painted Bunting feeder with a cage designed to keep the big birds out.... This male Painted Bunting knows how to land on feeders.... Read more

Painted Bunting

Painted Buntings!!

April 28, 2017 - Now with all my recent posts from the backyard, you might have guessed that I've been trying to get good images of my Painted Buntings....  Well, the Painted Bunting males definitely let the greenies do the scouting for food....  All night I had visions of a male Painted Bunting landing…... Read more

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Male)

Early April in the Backyard

April 20, 2017 - Painted Bunting "Greenie" Painted Bunting (Male) in Native Firebush It's quite convenient when beautiful birds have such predictable places to perch!... Read more

Painted Bunting

Happiness is…

April 3, 2017 - ...watching the Painted Bunting hop out onto the "waiting perch" as he considers a flight to the feeder.... Read more

Painted Bunting

Backyard Birding Bonanza

March 28, 2017 - showed off her fresh spring colors on a pretty perch (not one of mine, but still pretty!) The Painted Buntings love my birdbath, and I love watching them splash around.... Read more

Painted Bunting

He Who Laughs Last Gets the Most Mealworms!

March 19, 2017 -  I've read about staging perches for birds around feeders, but my goldfinches are too skittish, and I've never had much luck with the Painted Buntings....  That put me closer to the Painted Buntings....  I was so close to the bush, that when a greenie Painted Bunting hopped up onto a…... Read more

Painted Bunting

There’s No Place Like Home

March 4, 2017 - Have you ever seen the inside of a Painted Bunting's throat?... The greenie Painted Buntings have started hanging out in my purple firespike bush again, just like in previous springs....  He posed briefly on top of the Painted Bunting feeder, showing off the brighter feathers that he too is starting…... Read more

Painted Bunting

Goldy’s Backyard Bird Count

February 24, 2017 -  Highlights included: Northern Cardinals (breeding pair) Brown Thrashers (breeding pair) Common Ground Doves (breeding pair) Tons of Mourning Doves (anxious suitors) Painted Buntings (just friends*) * Rich's contribution to this blog post!... Of course we are thrilled each year to host Painted Buntings in our backyard, and I counted 8…... Read more

Painted Bunting

Little Birds at Oakland Nature Preserve

February 22, 2017 -  I have many happy memories of sitting with Rich at the Painted Bunting feeders, waiting for a glimpse of a male.... I heard a Painted Bunting call note, and then spotted this greenie not too far away.... Read more

Painted Bunting

Potato Chips and Millet…

November 15, 2016 -   We had an influx of Painted Buntings come in over the weekend as well....  I regularly report my sightings to the Painted Bunting Observer Team, and I've had a male and a greenie since the beginning of October.... Read more

Painted Bunting

Winter Birds Returning to Orlando Wetlands Park

November 4, 2016 -  A Painted Bunting!...  Any morning that starts out with a Painted Bunting is a good morning....  Even though I have Painted Buntings regularly in my backyard  in the winter, it's always fun to find one "in the wild." It was a beautiful morning.... Read more

Painted Bunting

Lawn Service

October 27, 2016 - I'd been in the blind for a while before the Painted Buntings ventured out.... Read more

Painted Bunting

First of Fall Painted Bunting!

October 1, 2016 - This year, October 1 brought our first of fall Painted Bunting....  Over the past few years, my Painted Buntings have returned to the yard around the middle of October.... Read more

Bath Time Squabble!

Greenie Bath Time

April 30, 2016 - A few free hours in the afternoon, a nice bird blind, a yard full of Painted Buntings, and a drippy hose...all the perfect ingredients for some fun bird photography!...  I positioned it near the Painted Buntings' favorite bush, right in the middle of their flyway to the feeder.... Read more

Painted Bunting

Colorful Backyard Fun

April 20, 2016 -  We had so many different birds that day - red cardinals, our new visitor the Blue Jay, our pretty Painted Buntings, the red House Finches, Mourning and Common Ground Doves, Northern Mockingbirds, the Brown Thrashers that are nesting nearby, our wintering Gray Catbird, American Goldfinches that are turning bright yellow,…... Read more

Painted Bunting

Backyard Birding from my Blind

February 21, 2016 - The purple Firespike bush is in full bloom, and I didn't realize until today that it's a Painted Bunting magnet!... The male Painted Buntings were the only birds that seemed concerned about the stranger lurking in the bird blind.... Read more