Painted Buntings are back!

Oct 27, 2019 by Janine
It has been an exciting few weeks with plenty of birds visiting the garden.

The painted buntings started arriving in numbers on October 4, right on time!

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The arrival dates over the years have been fairly consistent:

2019: Oct 4 (one single male showed up for a day on Aug 19)
2018: Oct 2
2017: Oct 2
2016: Oct 4
2015: Sep 26
2014: Oct 4 (one single male showed up for a day on Aug 2)
2013: Oct 14

One of them has a silver band. Interested to know where it was banded. I reported it to USGS so hopefully they can tell me!

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Lots of hummingbirds too. Seems like we are having a good year for them.

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Other visitors include red-bellied woodpecker and American redstart.

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Another fall occurrence is the flowering of the Night-blooming cereus. It put on a nice display recently.

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Now all I need is some cooler weather!


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