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Painted Bunting at Community Gardens TRV

  This morning, 8-17-18, I found an adult male and an apparent juvenile Painted Bunting at the TRV community gardens at about 7:40.  I saw the bright male first in space 67 ( near the south end of the gardens) and then it flew over to space 97 and immediate vicinity, where it stayed until I lost it.  The vegetation it seemed to prefer were grape vines and vine-like squash.  As I watched it another bunting appeared which I identified as a juvenile Painted Bunting.  It had just a tiny amount of green on the neck and at the base of the tail, other than that it was all gray.  The idea struck me that it might be a Varied Bunting, but that would be too good to be true.  

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Eric Kallen
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