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Five photos of beautiful, unpredictable Painted Bunting

Male Painted Bunting.

“In winter,” Dybas writes in her article, “Painted Buntings may drift off course, winding up far afield of their usual haunts.”

Indeed, in the winter of 2015-16, buntings turned up in Virginia, Connecticut, Vermont, and New York — including the now-famous male that showed up in Prospect Park, in Brooklyn. And in the winter of 2014-15, a male found his way to Eveleth, Minnesota, near the U.S.-Canada border, and newportbird photographed the male above at a feeder in Newport, Rhode Island. He took the photo in early March 2014, when the weather forecasts called for very cold temperatures and snow flurries.

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