A rare New England bird sighting is delighting Vermonters this month.
Folks are flocking to Pittsfield, where the colorful male Painted Bunting has been spotted visiting a feeder at a local residence.
There have only been six recorded sightings of the bird in the state, according to the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. But the finch is a common sight in the south. They breed in the coastal Southeast and in the south-central U.S., according to the center.
The male birds are known for their rainbow-colored feathers, which are vivid hues of blue, green, yellow, and red, as if they “have flown straight out of a child’s coloring book,” says The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
The bird, which has an injured or deformed foot, was first discovered on March 16.