The “sunflower” lot on Seeley Ave between Carrizo St. and Campo St. is perhaps the best birding spot in Jacumba. This morning I came across several lazuli buntings and a nice male indigo bunting, seen above. The best was reserved for later. I spied a rather drab bird in poor light that had a bunting-like bill. It flew off after I got one decent photo. When I examined it later, I was a bit puzzled. Clearly a bunting. It all came together as I increased the exposure, revealing a drab green back! Painted bunting!!!
Indigo buntings are uncommon, today’s is only the 4th I’ve come across in Jacumba. Strange, they have all been adult males, so I must have missed a bunch of female/juveniles along the way. Painted buntings are really rare. This is the 2nd I’ve found. The last one was in late August of last year.