Thursday, October 30, 2014

Painted Bunting Migration

Painted Buntings of the 2014-15 season started passing through on October 28th, 2014. Always exciting to see these rare and colorful birds return each fall and stay til April. As is typical the outrageously beautiful males will come a little later. These first "Greenies" of the season are typically immature non-breeding males and young females. Painted Buntings are not ones for migrating great distances typically coming from coastal south Carolina to the east coast of Florida. The early and late season Buntings are typically passing through the backyard on their way south and back north, but by sometime in November we generally get a core population of 8 to 12 Painted Buntings that stay here through March.
Last years Painted Buntings up close -

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Painted Bunting Greenie