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Wed Mar 23, 2016, 10:53 PM

Rainbow-colored bird draws bird watchers to Vermont town

Rainbow-colored bird draws bird watchers to Vermont town

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press

Updated 7:48 pm, Wednesday, March 23, 2016


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Photo: Kent P. McFarland, AP

In this March 18, 2016 photo provided by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, a rare painted bunting sits on a fence in Pittsfield, Vt. The bird, sometimes described as a "flying rainbow," normally does not fly north of the Carolinas on the East Coast. It's the sixth time a painted bunting sighting has been recorded in Vermont. (Vermont Center for Ecostudies via AP
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) ó Bird watchers have flocked to a small town in Vermont hoping to catch a glimpse of the painted bunting, a rare bird described as a "flying rainbow" that normally doesn't fly north of the Carolinas on the East Coast.

It's the sixth time since 1993 a painted bunting has been recorded in Vermont, said Kent McFarland, a conservation biologist with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, who photographed the colorful bird on Friday.

"It's a flying rainbow. It's a really bright bird," he said of the tennis ball-sized bird that has appeared in a yard and at a feeder in Pittsfield.

McFarland said the painted bunting really sticks out in Vermont's early spring brown landscape.

More:
http://www.chron.com/news/us/article/Rainbow-colored-bird-draws-bird-watchers-to-6988790.php

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Reply Rainbow-colored bird draws bird watchers to Vermont town (Original post)
Judi Lynn Mar 2016 OP
hedda_foil Mar 2016 #1
xfundy Mar 2016 #2
flamingdem Mar 2016 #3
2naSalit Mar 2016 #4
OKIsItJustMe Mar 2016 #11
sammythecat Mar 2016 #5
SoapBox Mar 2016 #6
Silver_Witch Mar 2016 #7
KT2000 Mar 2016 #8
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Mar 23, 2016, 11:10 PM

1. What a gorgeous bird. He looks like he's been carefully finger-painted with tempera paints.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Mar 23, 2016, 11:14 PM

2. Beautiful bird!

Thanks for the notice.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 12:17 AM

3. Thanks Judy

I was visiting family in Vermont and they told me that they have very few songbirds now with climate change. This is a ironic story, the Southern birds are going North, so they may end up with birds they've never seen before.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 12:20 AM

4. Beautiful bird

but their migrating far north of known habitat range means they are telling us Vermont is now more like what the Carolinas used to be like.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 10:23 AM

11. Yes, people seem to be missing the point

Itís not a newly discovered species. Itís a bird where it should not be.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 12:27 AM

5. The near perfect camouflage of the female is

as impressive as the gaudiness of the male. Without movement it'd be really hard to find her I bet.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 12:59 AM

6. Beautiful!

This is so interesting...thank you.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 01:07 AM

7. More than beautiful

 

Exquisite.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 01:18 AM

8. Georgeous

I can see what the female sees in him!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 01:36 AM

9. It would be a great gay pride bird.

 

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 09:46 AM

10. One of these landed right outside my back door one beautiful day a year or two ago.

It sat perched in a tree about 3 feet from me for about 30 seconds.

I did not know what kind of bird it was so I had to look it up.

I gasped when I saw it.

Painted buntings are BEAUTIFUL! Haven't seen one since that day!

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