This afternoon we had a Painted Bunting in our yard! I was up taking pictures of Bow Tie, our Yellow-throated Warbler. I blinked, and suddenly Bow Tie jumped off the feeder and a female Painted Bunting jumped on! She sat there for a few seconds and let me snap a few pictures before flying off.
This is the second time we’ve seen a Painted Bunting in our yard. In April we saw what I believe was a juvenile male.
I was a little horrified to see how gross my feeder had gotten with this week’s rain. I spent the two hours after I saw this gal cleaning all the feeders, and I made sure to put out millet (the bunting’s favorite food). Hopefully she will stick around (or visit Missy’s house!)
I also got a great picture of Bow Tie. I love his cheerful yellow throat. That’s how he got his name — his black and white colors remind me of a man’s suit, with a yellow vest! All that’s missing is a bow tie…