A rare bird described as a "flying rainbow" that normally doesn't fly north of the Carolinas on the East Coast has turned up in a small town in Vermont, drawing hundreds of bird watchers to Pittsfield hoping to catch a glimpse of the painted bunting.
A conservation biologist with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies said it's the sixth time since 1993 a painted bunting has been recorded in Vermont.
— Vermont State Parks (@VTStateParks) March 18, 2016
Saw the Painted Bunting in Pittsfield, VT today. pic.twitter.com/Pkecbb3siH
— Ron Payne (@RonPayne72) March 20, 2016
Kent McFarland said the species is known for shooting northward at odd times, but said it's hard to say why. He photographed the rainbow-colored bird in a yard Friday, and said the bird really sticks out in Vermont's early spring brown landscape.
Painted buntings have turned up in New York and Maine in the last six months.
— Wild Birds Unlimited (@WBUEdwardsville) February 23, 2016