Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted a blog! I’ve had some ill health over the last month that kept me from everything but the basics. I really appreciate everyone keeping up the conversation by commenting on the blog, and I urge you to check the most recent comments on the last blog – for example, our friend in south Florida has an important question I’d like you all to weigh in on. In fact, there has been quite a bit of conversation about seed… I know white millet is getting more expensive and harder to find, so if you have any advice for PBOTers, please chime in! --- To catch everyone up, we had a pretty uneventful (if early) migration season until the aftermath of “Superstorm Sandy” – it was likely the winds from that storm that transported a male to the backyard of an experienced northern Indiana birder, who reported his startling but thrilling sighting to PBOT! On Thanksgiving Day, one of our friends on the North Carolina coast reported a sighting, and I suspect it was another (or the same??) storm-diverted Painted Bunting making his way back south. We’re glad he recognized (or knew of??) a friendly rest stop along the way! Now that December has arrived, our buntings are settling in nicely to their usual winter homes – but many Florida friends have reported them taking advantage of natural food sources (insects and wild seeds), which may keep them from appearing at your feeder for a bit longer. Never fear – by January or February they should be visiting your feeders regularly. More updates to come… but for now, thanks again for all your comments on the blog, Facebook, and Flickr!