The Painted Buntings are back in South Florida. I had a male on the feeder at Green Cay last week and a female on the feeder today. This is a gorgeous bird and one that is often overlooked by the walkers at Green Cay. I tried pointing it out to this guy on the boardwalk this week. He had a Sibley guide under his arm so I thought he would be interested. The bird was about 10 feet away and in clear view. He studied it for awhile and said he wanted to look it up. So I helped him find the page in his field guide and when he saw the bird he exclaimed "I don't think I saw that bird!" And of course the bunting was gone by that time. I really don't know how he missed it but it reminds me how little people actually see things when they're walking out here. It doesn't help that half of them are talking on their cell phones or have their Ipods plugged in their ears. He said he would have to find it next time and walked off. Maybe these birds get me excited more than the average person but come on, it's blue and red and yellow and green. How much more exciting can a bird be?