Yes - you read that right. For the first time in my life, except for MAYBE one time 7 years ago when there MIGHT have been a female Painted Bunting in our yard (their color is all green), we had the apex, the climax, the utmost B.I.R.D. for me in our yard this morning. Below is the poor photo from 2006 of what I thought might be a female Painted Bunting.
Wait for it.....here it comes......tom ta da da.......a PAINTED BUNTING - MALE. My husband and I have always joked that once we have a Painted Bunting in our yard, we can move. We will have achieved all there is to achieve in back yard bird feeding. We've had a tired Cardinal (he was migrating, hence his bar fight looks), which we thought was exciting, because we never get Cardinals. We've had American Redstarts, both male and female. We've had Common Yellowthroats, Nanday Conures (a parrot species), Yellow Rumped Warblers and Palm Warblers. But never have we had a Painted Bunting.
Heck - we've gone out into the Everglades to see them and didn't see any. We've gone to places where birders said they've seen tons of them - nada.
This lady doesn't get them until December, so I wonder why this one is here so early - and in Eastern Florida, which is far more rare than Western Florida, where Pollywog Creek is published.
I've died and gone to heaven. Life will be on a downtrend after this - what could be better than this???
Here are some pics of this most beautiful of birds.....IN MY YARD.....omg omg omg omg:
The last fellow is a Spot Breasted Oriole, which we've had in our yard before. There were 2 of them this morning. They are my husband's favorite bird and South Florida is the northern limits of their range. They are really a tropical Oriole. What a fabulous morning!!!