Another beautiful day at Carolina Beach State Park!

Another beautiful day at Carolina Beach State Park!  Pretty slow day though as far as feeding activity; not many birds today (in my two hours).  Did see a husband and wife come out and observe the painted buntings as well; camera and all.  I wish I had a good camera to take good pictures of the birds.  Anyway, today's session has made me question a few things though, mainly my recordings of the bands. Read more »

PAINTED BUNTING WORKSHOP IN WILMINGTON THIS WEEKEND

Our own Dr. Jamie Rotenberg will be hosting a workshop on Painted Buntings and PBOT this Saturday, April 21st, 9:15-10:30am, in Wilmington, NC.  This free public workshop will be held at Temptations Everyday Gourmet in Wilmington (just six doors down from the workshop's sponsor, Wild Bird and Garden, 3501 Oleander Drive, in the New Hanover Center across from Independence Mall). Read more »

HAPPY SPRING TO ALL PAINTED BUNTING FANS!

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 »

NEW NAMES, NEW STORIES - A SEASON OF NEW FRIENDS

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 »

A JOYFUL NEW PAINTED BUNTING YEAR!

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 »

WISHING YOU THE MERRIEST OF HOLIDAYS FROM PBOT HEADQUARTERS!

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 »

WHERE ARE MY PAINTED BUNTINGS?!?

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 »

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL FRIENDS OF THE PAINTED BUNTING!

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 »

WELCOME BACK FLORIDA FRIENDS AND SPECIAL THANKS TO CAROLINA PBOTERS

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 »

Did Hurricane Irene scare the buntings away?

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.