14 May 2015 – Painted Bunting

With apologies for not having my camera with me today, I found this second-year male Painted Bunting lying waterlogged and disheveled on top of the right hedge at the north entrance to the NRC today.

Photo on 2015-05-14 at 09.54

Screen shot 2015-05-14 at 10.14.31 AM

An hour in front of my space heated dried the bird out. This bird was in great shape (fat = 2) and bright green above with yellowish breast and belly.  It had three tiny patches of blue feathers coming in on the head along with tapered rects, tapered primary coverts, and parallel growth bars in the rects.

Swainson’s Thrush remains at the northwest alcove.