Amelia Island birding alert: Be on the lookout for Painted Buntings, they’re back!
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. – This northeast Florida barrier island near the Georgia border is known for its rich history, beautiful beaches, and posh golf & spa resorts. Plus, for birders and nature lovers, it’s a delightful place to be. In fact, Fernandina’s Fort Clinch State Park is the “Gateway to the Florida Birding Trail.”
Amelia Islanders (and visitors) have the chance to glimpse North America’s most colorful songbird, the male Painted Bunting. Spotted today in Fernandina Beach, there will be good opportunity to see these birds from now into October here on Amelia Island. (The buntings also pass through in April, on their way further south, but often only hang around briefly in springtime.)
Amelia Island Living eMagazine has published a few articles (including video) about this Florida barrier island’s Painted Buntings. Learn more about this lovely little bird, how to attract buntings to your backyard feeder, and for visitors, where to potentially spot them as a tourist.