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I googled the painted bunting to see if we get any in Ohio (and, btw, I didn't get an answer) but I did read this quotation from a researcher which gave me pause for concern:
"Since 1966, the species [painted bunting] has declined at an annual rate of three percent nationwide, according to nesting-bird census data compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey. 'That's pretty staggering when you figure that translates into a 50-percent decline in less than 20 years,' "
They tell me the Painted Bunting is declining in the wild due to increase in caged bird demand. Last year we had one pair all summer; this year we have 6 pairs. So maybe we're doing something right here.
We also have about 11 pairs of Indigo Buntings this year, up from 2 last year.
I'm not sure which pic you are referring to, but thanks. I have been getting Painted and Indigo Buntings in my backyard every winter for several years now. I refer to my backyard as a "jungle", which is the kind of landscaping the Buntings seem to like. This is the best shot I have gotten of a Painted Bunting.
Those shots are pretty typical, since they rarely leave the safety of shrubs or the feeders. Your best bet will be late August, when they are heading South. A feeder with millet seed is their favorite. Good luck!