Laura Erickson's For the Birds

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Space Coast Birding Festival

Painted BuntingI'm in Titusville, Florida, for the Space Coast Birding Festival. Every day I'll post one photo. I took this one yesterday on the porch of the visitors center at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. They have a sign saying if you want to see one, take three steps back and keep watching. (They maintain several feeders there.) This one came in within just a minute or two.

Painted Buntings are becoming ever more common feeder birds in Florida in winter. They used to be more common like this, but declined dramatically for a while, so this is one bright spot in the world of conservation.


  1. Your comment, "so this is one bright spot in the world of conservation" is certainly true looking at this beautiful bird (pun intended, or not)