Happy Spring to all Painted Bunting fans! Twice a year, I am filled with mixed emotions – once in the late fall and once in the spring – as I join half our volunteers in rejoicing and the other half in mourning… yes, it’s migration time again! Those of you in their winter habitat should be noticing a lot of activity on the feeder (if you still have buntings to observe!), as they fatten up in anticipation of their long flight northward. Read more »
This is one of my favorite times on the Painted Bunting calendar – when Painted Bunting fans stumble upon our website during the long, idle hours of winter. Each day I notice a new name, or a new story, among the sightings reports. Welcome to all of you! I have finally regained the ability to type (after my long recovery from an arm injury) and I am happy to be getting back in touch with everyone – slowly, but surely! Read more »
Happy 2012! I hope the New Year brings many joyful sightings and plenty of Painted Bunting antics to keep you entertained! My apologies for leaving you without much news for the last couple of months – turns out my “elbow injury” was actually a fractured radius, resulting in 9 torturous weeks of not using my dominant arm! Read more »
PBOT had another amazing year of over 17,500 reported sightings, nearly 260 new volunteers, and several hundred more banded Painted Buntings out there waiting to be spotted! We have also been blessed with over $600 in donations made to Friends of PBOT – we are very grateful to those of you who have made contributions large and small to our program! Read more »
I have been hearing this wistful observation from many of our Florida friends over the last couple of weeks, and I can sympathize! These birds are usually as reliable as they come – if you typically see them by the 15th of November, you expect them to arrive at that time every year! However, with the continued warm weather in the breeding range (temperatures are forecast to be in the high 60s and low 70s in the coastal Carolinas for at least the next 10 days) and plenty of wild food resources in Florida, you may not see your regular group of Painted Buntings for weeks to come!&n Read more »
We wish all our PBOT friends a very happy holiday season! I apologize for the extended silence from PBOT Headquarters – I took a minor fall several weeks ago that injured my right elbow (my dominant arm!) and has prevented me from doing much typing. Despite this, I continue to read all your emails and answer any emergency requests, upload our friends’ photos to Flickr, and approve sightings as often as possible. I am thrilled to hear from our good friends in Florida as their birds arrive and get comfortable in their winter territory – and we’ve had new friends sign up to h Read more »
I was away from PBOT Headquarters during the month of September (typically a quiet month for PBOT), but I was checking in occasionally to approve sightings, publish comments, and post the last of our summer interns’ blogs. We had another great group of UNC-Wilmington students working with us this summer, submitting observations from many of the public sites (state parks, recreation areas and aquaria) along the coast of North Carolina, and writing short blog posts that many of you enjoyed and commented on. You can still see their blogs on our Read more »
I’ve been doing some observing at the Fort Fisher Aquarium and State Park, and have noticed that there weren’t as many birds as before! I think Hurricane Irene may have scared them off, but the ones that I did see were mostly unbanded which was interesting. Also, I’ve been noticing that the grown male birds aren’t around as much anymore, but that the young green birds with molting may be males! They look so different when they have molting, more like finches. It’s hard to recognize them! Other than that, observing is going well.
I have been spending more time at Carolina Beach State Park and the Fort Fisher Recreation Center, and have noticed that I see more green birds than male birds! Also, a lot of the green birds have molting on their heads and bodies which look really interesting. I also saw that a green unbanded bird is continuing to feed another unbanded bird that stays on the branch above the feeder at the State Park, it was really cute. Also, the birds are starting to come back and feed for seconds and thirds I’ve noticed.
Observation Session at Carolina Beach State Park from 15:30-20:00. The observations today were much different than my first session because there were a plethora of un-banded green birds today that were using the feeder. I saw very few banded birds, and the great majority of the birds that I saw today were un-banded greenies. It was very interesting today as well because I saw one banded greenie come back to the feeder numerous times and I was able to see it feeding another greenie that was un-banded. Read more »