The Painted Buntings are here! — 15 Comments

  1. The Northeastern part of the country may have colorful foliage…we’ve got the colorful birds that stop on their way to Central and South America. My Hummers are still around and eating like crazy. So…I know they’ll be heading your way soon.

    • Priceless….beauty….all have a purpose, if only humans would not invade.
      Love the pictures! thank you for sharing! Ah… the power went out…but oh look what you found!

  2. Before Katrina–when my cats were inside only–I had a bird feeder–with Painted Buntings, both male and female, coming to eat. Other avian guests were ground doves and some woodpeckers.

    The Buntings really have to be seen to be believed.

    Now I get other “visitors,” such as the raccoons and (in the spring) possums..

    I am very fortunate to have a neighbor who also likes the critters. We were sitting on my (sort-of) screened front porch one day and a raccoon stuck its head in through a tear in the screen (courtesy of a dog) and started nibbling on dry cat food I had out there. We sat quietly and continued chatting while the critter stocked up on good dry cat food.

    Another time we were outside and watched a raccoon grab a dog biscuit and dash over towards toward the woods, holding the biscuit in its front paws, and scampering along on hind legs only.

  3. Your birds and foliage are lovely! I think the woodpeckers Texas cousin is trying its best to fell my light pole though. The Inca doves remind me of parakeets. I think it is the markings on top of their wings. And the male bunting…Oh he is gorgeous. The rain storm a couple of nights ago, has brought out blooms on my lantana, cyprus fern and my fire bush (cousin of the scarlet sage). I noticed a couple of humming birds out there too. I am like you, I could watch them for hours!
    You said your electricity was out yesterday morning? Ours went out last night for over 2 hours. Almost all of the town and surrounding areas blacked out when a sub station had problems. I was just grateful it didn’t happen while the temps were so high.

  4. My dang infernal blankety pineapple sage refuses to bloom. Not enough sun I guess. The hummers been rare here anyway.

    Getting healthy for the trip down. Except for back.

  5. Pretty birdies! I’ve never seen those doves before. Are they migratory, too? And I’m pretty sure that one with his wing up is waving at you saying, (in the voice like Joe Pesci’s) “Hey, lady, what does it take to get some clean water around here?” *lol*

  6. When I was mercilessly weeding everything in sight at the rent house, I pulled some stuff up because it looked like a big weed. Fortunately, I didn’t get it all, because it turned out to be Turk’s Cap which the hummingbirds love. I’ve had fun watching them.

    Envious of your male painted bunting sighting, but thanks for risking life and limb to get that pic for us!

  7. It looks like the garden of Eden over there, BW. I just can’t believe all that lush, green growth.

    The ospreys are back here, and there have been hawks migrating overhead. The big hawk watch in Corpus Christi is this weekend. Did you know that, if the flocks are big enough, they can be picked up on radar? True story. The big change here, dove-wise, is the increasing population of white wings. I still like the cooing of the mourning doves, though.

    I’m just so happy to see the birds with a nice place to live. It’s still a struggle over here, and slim pickins for them.

  8. So I was just about stopped on a small bridge over a finger on the lake watching a hen turkey make it across, when I notice bunches of little birds in weeds. Blue buntings? red finches gold finches and misc others.

  9. lots and lots of hummers in right places still too.
    Saw about 2 dozen egrets in Peoria yesterday too,
    Bass Pro grand opening stuff. Still a Cabela’s guy though.

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