August PBOTs!

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.  

Hi - North Florida (Amelia Island) resident here. I have plenty of buntings around from October through April, and occasionally a stray shows up in the summer. I assume it may be from the resident population at the north end of the island at Fort Clinch. Today I thought I saw a greenie at my feeder. A very dull green. It seemed to have all the characteristics I am familiar with - including what I call the "bunting lean," where the bunting leans outward from the feeder. But this bird had a white spot on its back, midway on the body. I've never seen that. Could the bird I saw be a painted bunting??

Hello Dr. Jamie,

We only get them (normally) from around Oct. to April here in North Brevard county in Florida (NW of Kennedy Space Center-approx. 15 miles from Merritt Island wildlife birding area). Recently found your site, will watch for them as much as possible. First male arrived on 8/10, and is here daily....eagerly awaiting our normal group, usually averages 7-10 birds, fairly even distribution (m/f).

Mike and Cat Sanders