￼￼1999-8-A/B One in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings Co., 25-30 Mar (Peter Dorosh, Dale Dyer). The detailed descriptions and supporting color photographs by Steve Nanz indicate an adult female or perhaps 1st winter male or female Painted Bunting. The bird showed no evidence of captivity such as band, long toe nails or damaged feathers, a concern given the popularity of this species as a cage bird in Mexico and elsewhere. During the last decade, most New York records of Painted Bunting have occurred during the winter, often in association with feeders. Presumably the early spring date of the Brooklyn bird is more unusual and suggests it might have wintered north of its normal range.
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