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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

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

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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

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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

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Painted Bunting Feeder Fun

January 16, 2015 -  We had at least four male and three female Painted Buntings!...  I've been reporting my sightings over the past few years to the Painted Bunting Observer Team, a citizen science group that tracks buntings across the Carolinas to Florida.... Read more

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Yard Birding: Fun in my Own Backyard!

April 6, 2014 -  I know that our wintering Painted Buntings and American Goldfinches will soon be departing, so I spent a fun afternoon doing some yard birding.... But of course, the Painted Buntings decided to perch on the most un-natural perch around… After working with the Painted Buntings over the past few years,…... Read more

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First of Fall Goldfinches!

November 17, 2013 -  I had been thinking that it was time to put out my niger feeder, then I looked out and saw three Painted Buntings and four American Goldfinches on my feeders.... My Painted Buntings have been a little slow to gather this fall.... Read more

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First of Fall Painted Bunting

October 11, 2013 - I saw my first of fall Painted Bunting at my feeder this afternoon!...  I kept an eye on the feeders for the rest of the afternoon, and I didn't see any other "customers."  But it's good to know that the Painted Buntings are on the move!... If you want to…... Read more

Indigo Bunting Joins the Feeder Party

March 25, 2013 - When we first noticed the Indigo Bunting, he was eating peacefully with a female/juvie Painted Bunting, a.k.a.... "greenie." Another greenie joined the party, as did a male Painted Bunting....  I was so excited to see the male Indigo and male Painted Buntings together!... Read more

Feeder Envy! – More Painted Buntings

March 4, 2013 - I glanced out the kitchen window yesterday afternoon to see FIVE male Painted Buntings eating at the feeder together!... (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…... Read more

Painted Buntings with a Sweet Tooth

March 2, 2013 - Yesterday morning I spent some time birding in my Central Florida backyard, and I found the funniest thing: my Painted Buntings have a sweet tooth!...  Then I noticed the male Painted Bunting who hopped over to one of my Coral Porterweed plants, selected a clump of flowers, and bit at…... Read more

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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

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Out-of-town Guests

October 6, 2012 - Best of all, I heard our Painted Buntings, and I think I saw one of the green birds briefly through my binoculars.... Female Painted Bunting, taken last year in my backyard... Read more

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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

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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

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Correction: Three Greenies and a Male!

February 7, 2012 - A flu bug has kept me home for the past few days, and the cats and I have enjoyed watching out the windows at our backyard birds.  This afternoon as it started to drizzle, all the little birdies came out to bathe in the raindrops.  The House Finches headed for…... Read more

Still Enjoying my Buntings

January 30, 2012 - I feel so lucky to play host to Painted Buntings during the winter.  Each time I look out and see them at my feeders I still feel a surge of surprise and delight.  We've had at least these three birds for the past couple of months.  I see two greenies…... Read more

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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

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Another First: TWO Male Painted Buntings!

November 2, 2011 - I was pouting on Friday morning because the rain kept me from going to the Circle B Bar Reserve for a sunrise shoot.  But if I hadn't stayed home, I wouldn't have seen the TWO male Painted Buntings that visited our yard together!  I checked back in my records, and…... Read more

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Our Painted Buntings are Back!!!

October 17, 2011 - Last year I was thrilled to play host to a small flock of Painted Buntings during the winter months.... If you see Painteds across Florida this winter, consider reporting them to the Painted Bunting Observer Team, a citizen science group that studies these birds.... Read more

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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

More Antics from the Painted Buntings

April 15, 2011 - We continue to play host to a little group of Painted Buntings in the backyard.  They've been here since December, and it's going to be sad when they leave!  We haven't seen a male in a few nights, but we usually see between three and six "greenies" in the evenings. …... 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

Painted Bunting Party!

April 4, 2011 - The Painted Buntings held a little party in the backyard tonight.  Previously I've only seen four little green birds together.  Tonight there were five, joined by the first male bird we've seen in about a month!  It was such fun to watch them hopping around the yard, sampling millet at…... Read more

Painted Buntings Continue in our Yard

March 17, 2011 - We have at least four green Painted Buntings that continue in our yard!  I still can't tell if they are females or juveniles.  But I keep having to refill the bunting feeder!  They love the viburnum hedges.  You can see them flitting in and out of the hedges all day…... Read more

More Backyard Painted Buntings

March 5, 2011 - Being outside with our Painted Buntings was a lot of fun.  I watched them diving into the viburnum hedge and the grapefruit tree, then hopping out onto the feeder to eat.  The House Finches also figured out how to get into that feeder.  I think the little birds enjoy having…... Read more

Painted Bunting Cage

February 19, 2011 - I've had some questions about the little cage shown in my Painted Bunting pictures.... Here's a little video of a green (female or juvenile) Painted Bunting chowing down on breakfast, then flitting away through the cage bars.... Read more

Nice Afternoon with the Painted Buntings

February 4, 2011 - The Painted Buntings were around all day.... Painted Buntings I was worried that the buntings wouldn't care for the cage around the millet feeder, but I know that our "piggie" blackbirds would gobble the millet right down if they had access to the feeder.... (And watching the grackle land on…... Read more

Painted Bunting Update

February 2, 2011 - The Painted Buntings continue to visit our front feeder on a daily basis.  This weekend we had a record number of three green buntings visiting at the same time.  Look carefully at the picture below and you'll see two birds on the feeder and one on the branch in the…... Read more

Our Painted Buntings are Still Here!

January 16, 2011 - We have a small group of Painted Buntings who have been visiting our feeders for about a month now.  I've been reporting them to the Painted Bunting Observation Team (PBOT) at, a team that has been studying the expanding range of these beautiful birds.  We feel so lucky to…... Read more

Painted Bunting Party!!

January 2, 2011 - It was a nasty overcast morning and I was a little disappointed not to be out birding...until the birdie party came to me!  Rich and I have been observing Painted Buntings at our feeders all throughout our Christmas break, but only one bird at a time.  This morning I looked…... Read more

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Male Painted Bunting in OUR Yard!

December 30, 2010 - Today a male Painted Bunting came to the feeder!!!  We didn't see the female, but the male stayed for a while and ate.  He seemed pretty skittish.... Painted Bunting Now I'm spoiled...and I want to see a male and female together...and for them to bring their friends!... Read more

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An Early Christmas Present: a Painted Bunting!

December 24, 2010 - On the first day of Christmas, Nature gave to me...a Painted Bunting in our front tree!... Painted Bunting This the fourth day we've observed her at our feeder.  I wonder if she was coming before that, and we just weren't home to see.  She's pretty regular in her schedule, usually…... Read more

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The Painted Bunting was Back!!

December 21, 2010 - We spotted a female Painted Bunting at a tube feeder in our front yard this afternoon around 5pm.  It may be the same bird as we saw two days ago.  Painted Buntings are fairly rare winter visitors in Florida and it's really exciting to see one in our own yard! …... Read more

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Painted Bunting in our Yard!!!

December 19, 2010 - This afternoon we had a Painted Bunting in our yard!  I was up taking pictures of Bow Tie, our Yellow-throated Warbler.  I blinked, and suddenly Bow Tie jumped off the feeder and a female Painted Bunting jumped on!  She sat there for a few seconds and let me snap a…... Read more