Pick a pair of painted buntings! — 32 Comments

  1. Awesome birdies. I got a authentic table and chairs up in the barn next to the kayak. I remember the family cabin had about a dozen of those in 50’s. Is it trout thirty yet?

    Buzzed by the great horned owl at lake last Sunday.
    White egrets are passing through.

    Remodeling den in planning and packing stages.

  2. Back before my cats became in-and-out cats, (and the area much more built up) we had a bird feeder up, and a “regular” painted bunting visitor.

    They are a special treat.

      • They did for a season or two. Probably the place started getting a bit built up. I don’t recall seeing any since Katrina, but that is probably due to some expletive who had 45 acres of woods clear-cut for building houses that never got built. That bit of insanity also signalled the start of raccoon and possum visitors.

    • That’s just it, I didn’t do anything. While I was finishing up the post, I leaned back, looked out in the yard, and said to myself, “I would freak out if there were a little flock of these here right now.” And no sooner had I though it than a small flock flew from the tall grasses down to the short grass in the yard to eat bugs, I guess. The females were harder to see, but the males were easy to spot. They just kept flying back and forth between the tall and short grasses. It was amazing. It’s just now getting dark, and I’ve been watching them for two hours!! And I wonder something you might know . . . where do migratory birds sleep at night? I mean, they have no nest.

      • Long ago and far away I helped with a migratory bird conservation project in South Carolina. We built up brush piles, you know like you were clearing land. The conservationist said she was expecting the piles to draw a snake or two to offset the rodents which would think it was for them. but the smaller birds like areas like that, or like your crab traps where they feel safe and can see out.

        We planted some honey suckle around the brush piles and some type of milo. I understand that lots of habitat is lost due to the our vacation population growth each year along the coastal areas. BTW this was back in the 70’s, conservation is not new.

        I can’t tell you if it worked, I never went back and checked. I was in the service at the time and trying too hard to impress a cute little conservationist.

  3. What a coincidence that you should write about these gorgeous birds. When Hubby and I were in Grand Isle earlier this week, we were talking with friends about the area being a bird sanctuary. I even told them about your blog and the post you’ve done about birding on Grand Isle.
    I LOVE the furniture. The glider is great, but I really like the bounce of the chairs. I’ve spent many an hour on Hubby’s grandparents porch “bouncing” , sipping sweet tea, and talking.

  4. Cypress Rockers is why plus there are 30-11 coats of various yukky paint on them.

    When is the ‘fall out’ weekend I might zip down.

  5. Those are beautiful birds. I know you are excited to see them back and in your yard! We have had some very colorful ones coming thru here lately and I have not a clue as to what they are. Some are almost all green, some blue, some yellow. They are small and cute.

    We have those 50s chairs also out back. Adirondacks I believe they are called. They were my late father-in-laws and he and my husband would sit on his front porch and watch the cars go by and the sun set while they remembered earlier years. There are several layers of pain on them too.

  6. Painted buntings are pretty danged special. I’ve seen one, once. Whether it’s mate was around, too, I don’t know. But to have a flock of them – just amazing.

    A friend who lived up in the Texas Hill Country had one that hung around for a couple of months. It used to eat from the feeders. I think they’re finch-like in their preferences – millet and misc. seed, but you can find that out easily enough.

    Love the chairs, too. When I was a kid in Iowa there were three or four of them on the front porch of my grandparents’ house – that would have been early 50s. I remember a kind of chartreuse green, and a couple of red ones. They were just great chairs – but when fall came you had to put pads or a blanket on them – the metal got cold before we weren’t inclined to sit in them any more!

  7. BW……Painted buntings are supposedly popular in Georgia–however I have never seen one. The local bird report says that their food of choice in a bird feeder is White Millet seed, so if you have a feeder, maybe try it so that you will continue having them visit! I’m so envious!

  8. Beautiful birds and you are so lucky to have so many visit. We have had a lot of hummers this fall but with last cool spell most left. The last few weeks we have had to fill feeders everyday and would have 10 or more flying around them.

  9. I swear I saw one of these not very long ago in a tree in the back pasture, I don’t know if they even are supposed to be here. I thought at first it might have been someones pet that escaped. It was really pretty, haven’t seen one since but I’ve been looking.

  10. Watch what you wish for. Untold mountains of goose poo around here. I wear knee high boots bank fishing all year now. Most folks have learned to hate the 25 lb lawn rats.

  11. I miss country living … now that I’m living in the big city (haha) all I see are the occasional cardinal and tons of pigeons that like to poop all over my driveway and porch! I thought about putting out a bird feeder and bath, but I know that will just attract even more pigeons.

  12. What beautiful birds! And I love your furniture. 🙂
    Remind me to show you a photo that I took of a little greenish yellow bird that flew into a floor-to-ceiling window at a high school. (So sad!) I want to know what it is.

  13. Roger aka Luna has them in Homestead, Fl over on the hole for kayak fishing.

    Been watching osprey eagle and beezillions of swallows at crappie spot.

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