Mr. and Mrs. Painted Bunting and friend

The multi-colored male Painted Bunting is one of everyone’s favorites here at the feeder (sometimes shared with a female Cardinal or other larger bird). He and his lovely, yellow-green female companion return here every year and this is a great spot to catch a glimpse of them . . . because they actually stand still […]

Our National Wildlife Refuge system began right here!☀️

 The Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge is one of my favorite birding spots here in Florida. Located just north of Vero Beach, Pelican Island NWR, established in 1903, has the distinction of being the very first National Wildlife Refuge. Thanks to the efforts of some very committed citizen advocates and a conservation-minded President, a system was created […]

What happened to YOU??

Remember those stunning, brilliant red Northern Cardinals we saw adorning the wetlands just a few months ago? Well, I did a double-take when I saw one of them recently in the same preserve. Now that it’s late summer in south Florida, this male Northern Cardinal, and his female friend (mostly-hidden there behind the Fireflag stems) are barely recognizable. […]