A Florida Friday: Backyard wildlife — painted buntings and not one, but two (!) bobcats

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Some painted buntings (multi-colored male and green female/juvenile) at one of our feeders recently; they and some of their other family members arrive annually in late November and depart by late March.

As some longtime readers of this blog know, occasionally I post Florida-related items, usually on a Friday. For example, one backyard wildlife post from two summers ago featured a bobcat—a very rare sight for folks in this area. Another featured some of the spring and summer critters who live in these here parts; another featured the resident short-tailed hawk getting scolded royally by a feisty mockingbird; and yet another the sight of two great-horned owls atop some nearby trees at dusk.

Unfortunately, with all the construction going on in this area, we’ve made fewer and fewer interesting sightings in the last year. However, two Sundays ago, we were shocked to see not one, but two bobcats playing out back in the woods across the water run-off ditch. As luck would have it, my camera was not immediately available, so I took the below images with my cellphone, zooming in as best as I could. Unfortunately, I missed the initial action of the two of them playing in the grass, and the glass in the sliding door and the screen on the lanai made for some less than ideal images. Still, they are worth a look (I think), so have a scroll through the below if you want to see more.

Perhaps this was the same bobcat from two summers ago, but this time she was with one of her offspring (the one in the distance with the darker coat)?

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5 thoughts on “A Florida Friday: Backyard wildlife — painted buntings and not one, but two (!) bobcats

  1. Nature is always grand, in my opinion. I sometimes spend as much time watching the antics of the local wildlife as I do writing. 🙂 Thanks for sharing. –Curt

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    • Thanks, Curt. Glad you enjoyed the post. It’s a shame my camera was not handy so that I could have gotten better images. Nature is grand, indeed. When I was younger all I wanted to do was globe trot around the world’s biggest cities, and now all I want to do when we get some vacation time is get back to nature. It’s the best medicine!

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  2. Barbara Brodhead

    Wow! That’s quite the sighting! Something I would never see in my backyard. I love nature! Thank you for sharing. 😊

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    • We are fortunate the woods behind the house have yet to be developed. Fingers crossed it stays that way. Development is rampant here, and animals are being pushed out. It’s sad to see.

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