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Old 06-25-2012, 10:34 PM   #91
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Well, didn't see that post before I posted just now. Looks to me like you've got a Painted Bunting also!Yay!
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Actually, they've been in the area about 3 weeks now...and yes, I've been smiling! I first saw Painted Buntings here last summer just for a little while during that horrific summer drought we had. They must have liked it okay, because they came back! From what I read on them, they like places that have somewhat thick low cover like brushy vegetation or shrubby areas and they are shy, seldom seen at feeders. Maybe they like my place...most people want to clear their property...I've seen that a lot. We've kept quite a bit of our 2 acres uncleared and I have way too many plants crammed into my fenced yard...
Obviously, you are doing something right! Not clearing the property is obviously part of it. Keep up the good work.
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Well, didn't see that post before I posted just now. Looks to me like you've got a Painted Bunting also!Yay!
That is what I thought, but I wasn't sure, so I didn't want to guess.

Congrats, biigblue!
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Somebody else got to see MY Life bird. The painted buntings are to birds what the star-nosed mole is to mammals to me. What I wouldn't do to get to see a painted bunting!!!
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Somebody else got to see MY Life bird. The painted buntings are to birds what the star-nosed mole is to mammals to me. What I wouldn't do to get to see a painted bunting!!!
This has me thinking what my "life bird" would be when I think of it I'll start a thread or if someone else wants to start one with theirs that would be a neat topic.
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:28 PM   #96
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Today I saw a Scarlet Tanager and a Hooded Warbler. I also participated in a bird banding we banded 4 Wood Thrushes, 2 Ovenbirds, 4 Gray catbirds, 2 Carolina wrens, 2 Carolina Chickadees, 2 Song Sparrows, and 1 juvenile Brown headed Cowbird.
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It would be soooo cool to get to help band birds. Congratulations, Recurve!

I think y'all are right - my mystery bird looks like a painted bunting. What caught my eye was how orange it was, and when hubby declared it to be a bluebird, I thought - he's crazy!

Thank you! I know nothing about identifying birds.
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Excellent photos, everyone, and congratulations on the painted bunting! So far, our yard only attracts the common birds, but at least there are plenty of those.

BUT, yesterday, at my favorite Toledo park, I saw a pair of Baltimore orioles and my first indigo bunting. They were at the feeders outside the visitor center.
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I can't imagine ever seeing a Painted Bunting in "real life" lol! Great photos.

Whatever happened to the "life bird" thread? Anyone want to make one? I thought it shouldn't be me since I'm not sure the full definition of the phrase "life bird." If someone clues me in on this I think I have a pretty good idea what my life bird is & I wouldn't mind starting the thread, either.
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BUT, yesterday, at my favorite Toledo park, I saw a pair of Baltimore orioles and my first indigo bunting. They were at the feeders outside the visitor center.
Congratulations, Rebek!

I remember seeing orioles on rare occasion in my youth, but I don't remember seeing indigo buntings until we moved here. Now I see them on occasion and have spotted an oriole in the yard a few times this year.

I love the common birds as I'm sure you do, but it is nice to see something unexpected once in a while....or, better yet, start seeing these less common ones more regularly, and getting a new set of "unexpecteds".
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