[Ontbirds] Painted Bunting (female) - Sault Ste. Marie

Mark Cranford [Ontbirds] ontbirds_coord at rogers.com
Fri Aug 6 08:14:19 EDT 2010

Posting for Dave Brown - thebrowns at www.ezlink.ca

Hi All,

I had an interesting and somewhat unusual bird "encounter" this morning 
(Aug 5th) at my inlaws house in Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario).

A bird collided with the window section on their front screen door and 
dropped to their deck. It wasn't a species I immediately recognized. The 
bird appeared slightly stunned after hitting the screen door but 
thankfully,it seemed alert and remained sitting upright so we left it 
alone. Within a few minutes it flew back up into the tree and then 
minutes later flew off into the school grounds across the street.

We got a great look (and some photos) as the bird was sitting only 3 
feet from the door.
The bird struck me right away as a bunting (see my notes below)...
- Bunting body shape
- Bunting size (5"-6") - I used the width of the deck boards for scale
- Overall bright green top sides with darker wings
- Bright yellow undersides from its throat to the undertail coverts
- Conspicuous yellow eye-ring
- No wingbars
- Faint green edging and small bit of white edging on wings
- Faint green edging on darkish tail feathers
- Conical bill shape - upper mandible dark...lower mandible light
- Grey legs

After a quick phone call to Ron Ridout (BSC) I sent along our photos and 
he confirmed my thoughts that it was a Female PAINTED BUNTING. (Thanks 
Ron for your input)

I'll try and get the photos posted as soon as I can.

Dave Brown
Mitchell ON

Bird was last seen headed into the Manitou Park elementary school 
grounds just off of Wiber St.

 >From downtown in the Soo heading east on Trans-Canada 17 ...turn left 
onto Adeline Ave...then left onto Anna St. and right onto Wiber St. 
School's on the left.

 >From Sudbury...headed west on Trans-Canada 17 into the Soo......turn 
right onto Adeline Ave...then left onto Anna St. and right onto Wiber 
St. School's on the left.


Mark Cranford
ONTBIRDS Coordinator
Mississauga, Ont.
mark.cranford at ofo.ca
905 279 9576

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