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Mount Pleasant, SC, USA
About 4 years ago I was fortunate to have beautiful Painted Buntings visit my backyard which was a dream come true for me. They continue to come and stay through the winter and enjoy hiding in the many shrubs that are close to the feeder. I was inside looking at what birds were in the backyard when I spotted this male Painted Bunting just outside the window up against the house and to my delight he gave me a few over the shoulder poses.
Category 8: Rainbow Birds
Male Painted Bunting
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