Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Painted Buntings at Castellow Hammock

I saw my first painted buntings this past weekend and they were amazing! There were a few at the feeder at Castellow Hammock Park, a 112-acre park and preserve that contains a mature tropical hardwood forest in Miami-Dade County. The males were magnificent with their violet, blue, green and scarlet plumage. The females were a lovely pale green and lemon shade. My husband and I hung out with Roger Hammer for a while checking them out until a Coopers Hawk struck like lightning out of nowhere and frightened all the birds away.

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