Two very thrilling and exquisite birds had been sighted this week, each of which might be new information for Beaufort County.

A male Painted Bunting has been visiting a seed feeder within the Smallwood neighborhood on the north aspect of Washington. The resident who noticed the chicken prefers their privateness. Nevertheless, the Painted Bunting might be visiting a number of seed feeders within the neighborhood.  In case you dwell there, preserve a watch out for this parrot-colored chicken the dimensions of a small sparrow.

Painted throughout with good crimson, inexperienced, and cobalt blue, should you see it, you’ll at first think about {that a} pet parakeet will need to have escaped.

In actual fact, it’s a well-known coastal chicken, typically seen at North Carolina’s southeastern islands, the place it inhabits maritime forest and waxy, shrubby vegetation on the again aspect of the barrier banks.

Sometimes one finally ends up for unknown causes additional inland, the place it could be seen at a seed feeder.  I’ve not seen a feminine current, but when there’s one, it might be principally olive inexperienced.

A second placing and uncommon chicken was seen this week at Crisp Touchdown on Blounts Creek. Hovering excessive within the air was an exquisite black and white Swallow-tailed Kite. This sleek chicken generally seems in North Carolina and has been seen in lots of coastal counties, though no earlier reviews from Beaufort County are identified. The scissor-shaped tail is unmistakable as is the black and white sample, and its deliberate, elegant hovering model.


Betsy Kane is a Washington resident who enjoys the outside.



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