A male Painted Bunting, sporting colors that must be seen to be believed, has been hanging around in Potomac, just south of the Great Falls Tavern, causing quite a stir. Word spread via listservs and Facebook groups, bringing flocks of hopeful birders to the C&O National Historical Park.

According to The Connection Newspapers, “The bird has been photographed by ecstatic birders every day since last Thursday, Dec. 31. Cornell, on its birding site All About Birds, says that these are fairly common songbirds where they breed in the coastal Southeast and in the south-central U.S., where they often come to feeders. But they are almost never seen in Maryland and offer public availability even less. Painted Buntings are related to cardinals but normally winter in southernmost Florida, southern Mexico, or Central America.”

Birder and photographer Kojo Baidoo said, “It was a delight to see this vagrant male Painted Bunting at Great Falls this morning, a lifer for me. This bird enjoyed quite a bit of fame today; after being absent early, he was found in the same place mid-morning and soon attracted a crowd of birders, which in turn attracted curious non-birders who had come to see the falls. A great way to start the new year … let’s hope this is a sign of good things to come.”

Properties in Fairfax County

7004 Ellingham Cir #44

7004 Ellingham Cir #44 - 2 beds, 2 full baths

Home size: 1,053 sq.ft.

Subdivision: Eton Square

Added: 01/27/21

Property Type: Unit/Flat for Sale

Price: $335,000

Last Updated: 01/27/2021

4122 Meadow Field Ct

4122 Meadow Field Ct - 4 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths

Home size: 1,795 sq.ft.

Subdivision: Fair Ridge

Added: 01/27/21

Property Type: End of Row/Townhouse for Sale

Price: $589,000

Last Updated: 01/27/2021

12915 Alton Sq #310

12915 Alton Sq #310 - 2 beds, 1 full baths

Home size: 990 sq.ft.

Subdivision: Worldgate

Added: 01/27/21

Property Type: Unit/Flat for Sale

Price: $250,000

Last Updated: 01/27/2021

10270 Fern Pool Ct

10270 Fern Pool Ct - 3 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths

Home size: 1,280 sq.ft.

Subdivision: Burke

Added: 01/22/21

Property Type: Interior Row/Townhouse for Sale

Price: $489,900

Last Updated: 01/27/2021

6145 Leesburg Pike #204

6145 Leesburg Pike #204 - 1 beds, 1 full baths

Home size: 732 sq.ft.

Subdivision: Lafayette Park Condominium

Added: 12/03/20

Property Type: Penthouse Unit/Flat for Sale

Price: $185,000

Last Updated: 01/27/2021

1439 Cedar Ave

1439 Cedar Ave - 6 beds, 5 full, 1 part baths

Home size: 3,862 sq.ft.

Subdivision: West McLean

Added: 09/01/20

Property Type: Detached for Sale

Price: $2,588,000

Last Updated: 01/27/2021

1437 Cedar Ave

1437 Cedar Ave - 6 beds, 5 full, 1 part baths

Home size: 3,862 sq.ft.

Subdivision: West McLean

Added: 09/01/20

Property Type: Detached for Sale

Price: $2,588,000

Last Updated: 01/27/2021

5565 Seminary Rd #216

5565 Seminary Rd #216 - 2 beds, 1 full baths

Home size: 1,016 sq.ft.

Subdivision: Savoy Park Condo

Added: 11/15/20

Property Type: Unit/Flat for Sale

Price: $340,000

Last Updated: 01/27/2021

1559 Mary Ellen Ct

1559 Mary Ellen Ct - 6 beds, 5 full, 1 part baths

Home size: 4,111 sq.ft.

Subdivision: McLean

Added: 01/27/21

Property Type: Detached for Sale

Price: $1,825,000

Last Updated: 01/27/2021

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Maryam N. is a Senior Writer at Nesbitt Realty. She is an expert on Fairfax County. Maryam has also worked previously as a geologist. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.