“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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