passerina (sparrow-like) ciris (bird into which Scylla, daughter of Nisus, is fabled to have been changed)
Thursday, May 5, 1983 — 8:20 am
Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas
I drove to Holla Bend early in the morning. I hadn’t been there too long and had just started along the drive above the Arkansas River. I saw the Painted Bunting standing on the road in front of the car. The instant I got it in my binoculars, it flew into the weeds along the road. I stepped from the car, and it flushed again and landed in a small tree at the edge of the bluff. It didn’t stay there long, either, but shortly dropped over the edge and disappeared from sight.