This rare, stunningly brightly-colored bird is not supposed to be in Maryland, but as the climate warms, a few of these tropical birds are making their way to the mid-atlantic region.
A male achieved celebrity status by sticking around the area of Great Falls for most of the winter of 2020-2021. Hundreds of photographers and birdwatchers flocked (haha) to the Maryland side of the river to try to catch a glimpse of one of one of the most colorful American birds.
He wasn't the only one; there were sightings of painted buntings in 8 other Maryland counties in 2021. There were other far-flung tropical visitors such as a roseate spoonbill, Mississippi kites, a tropicbird, anhinga, and wood storks.
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