This has been the quietest fall I can remember. Since my return from Florida (and long before I went) the birding has been scant at best. Many rarities have been being seen across the country, but scarce few in the north east. Today the drought ended. Bill Fiero and I headed down to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park this morning in hopes of finding the PAINTED BUNTING. We arrived in rain, but only ten minutes into our search, it subsided. We met three other birders there, none of whom I knew, and one of the ladies had seen the bird half an hour earlier. It had since disappeared. No worries. Within five minutes, I found it again along the east side of the skating rink, between an upper and a lower path. It was difficult to see, as it skulked among the thick brush. The bird eventually rested in a bush giving very poor views. It was soaked, and we watched as it preened and dried itself off, but photos were poor at best. The bird eventually flew on, and we eventually located it again. This time it went into some really dense stuff at the south east end of the rink. We all watched and waited quietly, and the bird eventually flew into an open area, feeding on some seeding weeds. Here photo ops were much better and we got some half way decent shots. The bird flew into some dense growth just as it began to rain heavily again. We decided that was our cue to leave. Great morning! New York State #401!