Welcome to the newest visitor at The Crooked Little House - a Painted Bunting.
Our resident expert helped me identify this beauty. It's a Painted Bunting, either an immature male or a female. Relatively rare this time of year this far north, I attribute it to the fact that I have made my yard wildlife friendly; native plants, berry laden bushes, and a "hedgerow" along the back of the property - a haven amidst the ever-increasing manicured "beach".
Every artist should have a Painted Bunting nearby.