It has been a while since a post and I hope you are all still following. Soon I will do at least EIGHT more posts with banding/sighting reports that have happened over the late spring and summer of 2018. After I get data entry finished there will also be a summary report. We banded 355 Painted Buntings in Season 5 for a grand total of 1616. Of course there were incidental birds too.
Until then let's start with more recent news. Painted Buntings are back! The PB host in Kissimmee reported a bird molting from green to male on August 5. It is banded and contributes a lot of info for our project. The site in Jupiter also has a returning bunting. Keep an eye out! Likely there will be more reports soon. Prior to our study these August reports were pretty much not heard about. With the advent of eBird and our hosts, we now know this is completely normal. It likely was always true, just unnoticed.