Hello PBOTs! Dr. Jamie here with another update. We’ve had lots of new reports of Painted Buntings throughout the breeding areas in North and South Carolina. Some recent reports are of banded birds! It’s always great to hear from folks who see our banded birds because some of these were banded quite a few years ago, and are still going strong. Recently, I heard about a couple of our “old girls and boys” from the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. These were birds banded back in 2009! Also, a report came in from the Carolina Beach area here near Wilmington. This greenie was banded on Bald Head Island, North Carolina in August 2012. The best thing about getting these reports is that it provides information on how long these little guys and gals live. The 2012 bird was banded almost exactly four years ago, and the 2009 birds were banded seven years ago. That’s a really great longevity, especially since most songbirds, like Painted Buntings, live on average for about five years. Well, keep those reports coming into the PBOT HQ, and please be sure to log in your Painted Bunting sightings to the website. Thank you for all you do for your Painted Buntings! Until next time . . . Dr. Jamie.