Friday, February 14, 2014

Painted Buntings - Up Close and Hungry!



Painted Buntings feast on white millet. We have a small "flock" of 6 winter visitors - four "Greenies" which are either female or immature males and two mature males in classic colors. In the past we have had "banded" birds but have seen no bands indicating capture and release for two winters now. Population seems to be down, but that could just be a coincidence. Considered the most spectacularly colored songbirds in North America they spend their day in heavy brush and come out to eat voraciously 4 or 5 time a day. This late afternoon video with low sun and tree branch shadows shows off the iridescent colors of the male well. Like Hummingbirds - how they appear depends a lot on sun and the angle of the sun.

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Painted Buntings in Florida