To expand a bit on the sighting this a.m.: Seen in the same area (Judy's
backyard), in the Lilac (I think) bushes bordering an in ground pool, near
the feeders and weathered picket fence (showing in Kent's photo). Last seen
about 9:20 when it flew over this white farm house, NW direction, at out of
site. MANY satisfying looks were had by all!
THANK YOU, JUDY, for noticing this bird and getting the word out to all
From: Jim Mead
Sent: Saturday, March 19, 2016 9:25 AM
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Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Bunting update
The Painted Bunting was seen by approx. 15 birders this morning at around
Good luck to those who try for it!!!!
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> On Mar 18, 2016, at 7:07 PM, Kent McFarland <[log in to unmask]>
> I was able to find the Painted Bunting easily at the feeders north of the
> fire station in Pittsfield, VT. The owner of the property was very nice
> I watched the bird with her at the feeder and in the bushes. She is quite
> amenable to having birders around, but lets all remember to be as
> respectful as possible of the area. She first found the bird on Wed.
> If you look at my images (highly cropped) on this Vermont eBird checklist
> - http://ebird.org/ebird/vt/view/checklist?subID=S28414635 - you can see
> that the bird is letting its foot hang loose. Closeup view shows it to be
> deformed I think, as was mentioned Taj yesterday. It is clearly not
> well or at all. Also, the bird appeared to be quite cold and often kept
> head tucked down and feathers fluffed up.
> Kent McFarland
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
> 802.649.1431 x2