Ever since I first heard of Merritt Island, with it’s population of native Florida birds plus the migratory birds who stop over in the winter months, I’ve wanted to visit. What I hoped to see there varies depending on what pictures I’ve seen posted on our club’s Facebook page. In the feature photo you see a female painted bunting on the feeder at the visitor’s center at the wildlife preserve. I was disappointed to only see a female on that visit. It wasn’t until I got the pictures into the computer that I saw that the male was peeking out from the other side of the feeder. I couldn’t resist another trip to the feeders the next morning before heading home. Boy was I glad I did.
I wish I had the energy to work on more photos tonight, but I’m just too tired. And with over 700 pictures to review I think I’ll have plenty to keep me busy tomorrow. What a fun place to visit when you have two glorious days to enjoy before a ‘cold spell’, Florida style, brings our temperatures down for the next week.