Monday, April 12, 2010

Buntings and Cardinals at the feeder..still here 4.11.10

The Buntings are still here….I took these just before we went out on the boat.

The little green Painted Buntings are either female or only a year old.

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There are a few that I am sure are males, changing into their mature colors. 002cs

If you compare this “greenie” to the others you can see the reddish color on it’s breast. That is why I think this is a young male just molting into it’s color. Both pictures are of the same bird..but minutes apart.

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The 2 “greenies” below show not coloring at all.

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I very seldom see them at the feeders without a Cardinal  nearby. They seem very happy with their company.

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This male Cardinal wasn’t about to miss a meal. I have 3 feeders in this area, and they are just getting used to this one.

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This male Painted Bunting sat on the fence, by the Bottlebrush bush, for quite awhile this morning, before coming to the feeder. I think it was waiting for the Cardinals to come in…..

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As soon as this female showed up…..he joined her .

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6 comments:

  1. Great colors and captures. Interesting how the species get along.

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  2. Nice series of photos. I am so envious of all your colorful birds!

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  3. Wonderful series. I would LOVE to see a Painted Bunting. He's just breath-taking.

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  4. thanks so much for brightening my day :)

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  5. What a beautiful bird, it does look "painted." I wish I had some in my yard, but I will have to go somewhere else to see them. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Lovely colors.. Nice shots too... :)

    Regards,
    Angad

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