Painted Bunting

My Backyard Winter Wonderland

January 15, 2013 -  This weekend I had all these different kinds of birds: American Goldfinch Pine Siskin Painted Bunting Eastern Phoebe American Robin Cedar Waxwing Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Palm Warbler House Finch Northern Cardinal Yellow-throated Warbler Boat-tailed Grackle Red-winged Blackbird Sandhill Crane White Ibis Mourning Dove Common Ground Dove Did you notice that I…... Read more

Painted Bunting

Bye-Bye Buntings

April 15, 2012 - I haven't seen a male Painted Bunting in about a week.  I checked my blog from last year, and the buntings left around April 15.  So I took yesterday's rainy, icky morning opportunity to photograph my little green birds while they are still here.  Gather ye rosebuds while ye may…... Read more

Painted Bunting

I’m a Real Boy!

March 6, 2012 - One of our "greenie" backyard Painted Buntings got his name today:  Pinocchio!  Juvenile male and female Painted Buntings look alike until their first spring, when the males molt into the beautiful red, blue, and green tones that make bird photographers go "oooh!"  Pinocchio's transformation has started – you can see…... Read more

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting at the Circle B Bar Reserve!

December 3, 2011 - I got up to the tree where the owls/woodpeckers/ducks nested last year, and I walked right past a male Painted Bunting!... Bird Species List (37 total): American Coot, American Goldfinch (heard), American Kestrel, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Boat-tailed Grackle, Brown Pelican, Common Gallinule, Common Yellowthroat, Cooper's Hawk,…... Read more

Painted Bunting

Ornithology 101

September 6, 2011 - The really pretty ones are the painted buntings.  For some reason, the people get really excited when these guys come in the wintertime.  Our mommy spent hours with her camera looking out the window with me last winter.  You know, Whiskey, I can teach you all about birds in one…... Read more

It’s a Boy!!

April 7, 2011 - The male Painted Bunting has been coming to our backyard regularly for the past few days.  We see him around 6:00 each evening -- his clock is almost as regular as Goldy's!!... Male Painted Bunting I confirmed tonight that one of my little green birds is actually a little boy. …... Read more

Finally! I Photographed a Painted Bunting at the Circle B Bar Reserve!

February 13, 2011 - At first I assumed it was another Yellow-Crowned Warbler, but on closer inspection, I saw that it was a female Painted Bunting!... Painted Bunting Around "The Bend" (where the trail turns away from the lake) there are usually herons and egrets wading in the low marshy waters.... Yellowthroat, Common Grackle,…... Read more

Painted Bunting

Painted Buntings

April 16, 2010 - My telephoto lens confirmed my suspicion: we had a painted bunting in the backyard!  At first glance it looks like a female, but upon closer inspection I noticed blue highlights, and I realized I had a juvenile bird just beginning to molt into his adult plumage.  Poor thing, he was…... Read more

Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

January 13, 2008 - Birds Seen Today - Painted Bunting, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Pine Warbler, Palm Warbler, Black and White Warbler, American Kestrel, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Gray Catbird, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Pheobe, Osprey, Blue Jay, Cardinal, Red-Wing Blackbird Red-Shouldered Hawk Great Blue Heron Yellow-Rumped Warbler Yellow-Throated Warbler Downy…... Read more