Until today the only Painted Buntings I had ever seen were in Honduras. And, despite their absurdly gaudy appearance, I am sad to say that those buntings were not given their due because of the sheer volume of insanely good birds that were there for the watching.  This bunting was different. This was an absolutely gorgeous adult male Painted Bunting in Connecticut in November. Nothing was going to compete with a Painted Bunting in Connecticut in November.  If you find yourself asking why that would be then you have clearly never seen an adult male Passerina ciris.  Here, let me fix that for you.

Seth Ausubel, Mary Normandia, and I had a great time joining a bunch of other twitchers in Cove Island Park in Stamford, Connecticut, which astute 10,000 Birds readers will remember from another twitch that I was on a little over a year ago.  And while a Painted Bunting is nowhere near as rare a bird as a Fork-tailed Flycatcher it is still a great bird in the northeastern United States, especially when it is a crimson, indigo, emerald and canary male.  It was a joy to watch and digiscope and it was almost as much of a joy to watch others see the bird.  It is hard to believe that a single bird could have so many brilliant colors but there it is, just waiting for someone to come along and stare with mouth agape.

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.