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Old May 14, 2006, 1:40 PM   #1
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This is the best I could get, it just would not let me get any closer before it would dive off into the back side of a line of trees. I played cat and mouse with itfor an hour. It wouldn't leave the area...just hide.
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Old May 14, 2006, 1:47 PM   #2
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Looks like an Hepactic Tanager. But with that picture I wouldn't bet....

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Old May 14, 2006, 1:48 PM   #3
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hard to tell from this pic, but it looks like it could be an American Robin. need a clearer image to tell for sure... if you got a closer look, even if you couldn't get a pic, did it look like this?
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Old May 14, 2006, 2:40 PM   #4
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I did get a closer look as it sat still when I first went by (the only time). Didn't have any idea it was something new to me for this area at the time.

It is a fair bit smaller than a Robin with a black/dark colored bill. The breast is red rather than a rust color and the head could be either black or dark blue. I couldn't tell about the wings but in the pic they look to be an olive color.

This bird was probably 75 plus yds. It seems to be pretty secretive.

Appreciate the help guys. I would like to find out about this one.
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Could it be a Painted Bunting? If so, I believe this would be a rare sighting.
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Because of the strong shadow in all the wrong places, it's very tough to ID. It's possible it's a painted bunting. Hard to say for sure, but all the colors on the bird's back are lost, and the breast and silhouette match the bunting. I believe the silhouette is wrong for the hepatic tanager (the tanager has a longer narrower bill). I thought black-headed grosbeak initially, but white on the wings of the adult male of that species wouldn't be totally eliminated by shadow. Painted bunting seems the best bet to me. If it is, that's not a rare sighting. The species nests in all but extreme northwest Texas.
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Old May 14, 2006, 9:38 PM   #7
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Bob and Steve, thanks for the help!

From what I read the populations ofPainted Buntingsare declining each year for several reasons. Naturally I don't see every bird around but it's the first time I recall seeing one of these.I just may have an opportunity to get back in that area over the next couple of days and see if it is still around.
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