J.R. Williams installed a painted bunting feeder to the west of the entry/exit to the (Pelican Island) Audubon House trail on 8/19/2015. The always well-prepared and equipped, J.R. brought the green painted bunting feeder mounted on a post, a post-hole digger, a level, and thistle seed.
J.R. learned how to construct the painted bunting feeder at a workshop at the Environmental Learning Center.
Note that J.R. installed the feeder on a slight slant, so that water will drain from the feeder. The clear plant liner inside of the feeder that J.R. filled with thistle has holes in it to facilitate drainage.
According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the eastern population of painted buntings (Passerina ciris) overwinters in southern peninsular Florida from Brevard and Orange counties on the east coast and Manatee County on the west coast. These small, seed-eating ‘snowbirds’ are expected to return their wintering grounds in the early fall, and we hope that they will find this new feeder.
Painted buntings are brightly colored. Female painted bunting are green, and males are multi-colored. Click here for more painted bunting (& other wildlife) photos taken by Pelican Island Audubon Society Office Manager Bob Montanaro.