Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | April 10, 2011

Painted Bunting in Absecon

Description from Cornell Lab of Ornithology: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Painted_Bunting/id

“With bright blue, green, and red plumage, the breeding male Painted Bunting is one of the continent’s most gaudily colorful birds. The species breeds in two different populations, one in the south-central United States, and one along the seaboard of the southeastern states.”

Occasionally, one of these guys makes their way to New Jersey feeders. The message came in this afternoon there was one at a feeder in Absecon, NJ.

RF  and I had birded Celery Farm earlier, and were getting ready to bird Halifax when the text came in and we “zipped down” from North Jersey to get some amazing looks. The homeowner who “hosted” the bird was so welcoming, opening his home to about a dozen or so birders who came by to see it.

 

Painted Bunting arrives at feeder for 4:30PM feeding

 

Many thanks to the Don, the homeowner, as well as SG and TR from CMBO for their messages and directions, and RF for the fun adventure!

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