December 28, 2014

A new yard bird.




Well, for accuracy's sake it wasn't our yard, but it was a new yard bird for the homeowners when it first showed up.
This is the painted bunting that has been hanging around in Oakville Ontario for the past several weeks.
We tried for the bird a while back but didn't see it.
I managed to see it within 5 minutes but Anne missed the bird.
We waited another hour but it didn't return.

Don't feel too badly for Anne, she had a good look at one in Texas and I didn't.

Passerina ciris
With their vivid fusion of blue, green, yellow, and red, male Painted Buntings seem to have flown straight out of a child’s coloring book.
The French name of the Painted Bunting, nonpareil, means “without equal,” a reference to the bird’s dazzling plumage.

The oldest Painted Bunting on record was at least 11 years and 10 months old when it was caught and released by a Texas bird bander in 2011.

source - Cornell Lab or Ornithology.

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