Coming up next week - Posts from the field!

Hello PBOT!  After learning the ropes from Leah, I am happy to be settling into my new role as Project Coordinator!  Hope you are all enjoying your buntings - be sure to check in here next week, when I will be blogging daily from the season's first banding session on Bald Head Island.  We always catch a lot of buntings on BHI, and I'm looking forward to getting back out there to see how they're doing this year!  Stay tuned - and keep the reports coming! 

Another PBOT Update from Dr. Jamie Rotenberg - Our New Coordinator, Assistant, and Many Carolina Painted Buntings!

  1. New Program Coordinator
  2. New Program Assistant
  3. More Carolina Painted Bunting Observations

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A PBOT Update from Dr. Jamie Rotenberg - Painted Buntings sighted in the Carolinas and more!

Hi PBOT Friends! Dr. Jamie Rotenberg here, filling in for our PBOT Coordinator!  In this update: Read more »

A CHANGING OF THE GUARD(IANS)...

Some of you may have been wondering “why has Leah left her holiday blog up for this long??” Well, 2013 been a bit of a difficult year so far… Most importantly, I have been incredibly reluctant to report a tragic event in PBOT’s life: our dearly beloved friend Debra C. passed away relatively suddenly in January. Read more »

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM PBOT HEADQUARTERS!

‘Twas shortly before the New Year when all through the halls of UNCW, not a student was stirring, except those poor, bleary-eyed grad students of course. The field gear was hung in the closet with care, in hopes that the next banding season soon would be here. The banding data was nestled all snug in the filing cabinet (and reported to the Bird Banding Lab), while visions of long-term trends and statistics dance in our heads….. Phew! I’m glad I got that out my system! Read more »

FLORIDA WELCOMES PAINTED BUNTINGS FOR ANOTHER WINTER

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted a blog!  I’ve had some ill health over the last month that kept me from everything but the basics.  I really appreciate everyone keeping up the conversation by commenting on the blog, and I urge you to check the most recent comments on the last blog – for example, our friend in south Florida has an important question I’d like you all to weigh in on.  In fact, there has been quite a bit of conversation about seed… I know white millet is getting more expensive and harder to find, so if you have any advice for PBOTers, please chime in! Read more »

OFF THE RADAR... OUR BUNTINGS ARE HEADED SOUTH!

It is definitely migration time… I am receiving only a small handful of sightings every day – our buntings are off the radar, so they must be on the move!  I join our Carolina friends in bidding a fond farewell and wishing safe travels to our feathered friends.  I am happy to report that many of our Florida friends are already prepared for their arrival with clean feeders full of white millet, and some have already reported sightings of males. Read more »

MALES ALREADY SPOTTED IN FLORIDA! PLUS AN UPDATE ON BANDING...

I am excited to get back out in the field to band our beautiful buntings!  My colleague Brian and I are banding on Bald Head Island (NC) next week.  PBOT maintains nearly 70 banding sites throughout North and South Carolina – seven of which are on Bald Head Island, an ideal oasis for Painted Buntings with its protected maritime forest, open marshes, and ample shrub-scrub thickets.  This is the last banding session of this year’s breeding season (we visit each site three times each spring/summer), and we expect to se Read more »

Carolina Beach State Park is the place to be!

Just another day doing another observation session at the State Park.  Wasn't expecting a whole lot; I mean, you go, set up, and wait for the birds to come in.  But boy, was I wrong today.  I definitely saw a lot of birds in the three hours I was there.  84 recordings of activity at the feeder.  A lot of "repeat offenders" to the feeder though.  But also a lot of "dine and dash" unbanded green birds. Read more »

FLEDGLING SUMMER SCHOOL

The first fledglings of the season are filling the shrub-scrub of the Carolinas with the hustle-bustle of summer school. You may occasionally see fledglings on the feeder in their drab olive-green plumage, but for the most part they are busy learning how to identify and collect wild food (mostly insects at this time) with their parents – and this task often falls to the male, while the female sets to work constructing a new nest. Read more »