First of Fall Painted Bunting

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I spotted my first male Painted Bunting in the backyard this morning!  Let the fall birding begin!

Male Painted Bunting on Coral Porterweed
Male Painted Bunting on Coral Porterweed

He’s about two weeks ahead of schedule.  Last year I saw my first bunting on October 12, and the year before that on October 11.  But this year he’s right in time for my grandfather’s 90th birthday.  :)

If you want to attract these beautiful birds to your backyard, put out a feeder with millet seed.  A cage doesn’t bother the birds and keeps the red-wings from devouring all the good seed.  Don’t forget to report your sightings to!

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