So at dawn on Monday I was winding my way though Queens trying to find a new parking lot (for me) at Alley Pond Park. The entrance was underneath a highway overpass which made it tough to find on a map but I worked it out, pulled in, and wandered over to join Corey Finger who was staring at a bush. We were soon joined by about ten other birders and split up, mounting a search of the area where the bird had last been seen. For the first hour or so there was no sign of the bird but then, as the sun started to warm up, Junko Suzuki got a glimpse and quickly waved everyone over. After a tense couple of seconds the bird popped up again in a yew tree and a half dozen cameras started whirring away. PAINTED BUNTING (NYS 2012 #354).
|Painted Bunting (4 shots)|
In the bright light, sitting up, the bird was 'goldfinch yellow' while down lower in the bushes it became 'parrot green'. It could also be surprisingly cryptic when it sat still in green foliage (parrots are bright green too, and really hard to see when feeding in trees). Eventually however it came out into the open and everyone got the shots they were looking for.