Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Summer Tanager

Last spring and into the summer months we had a odd looking bird visit the oranges I had put out for the migrating Orioles. It took me a while to ID this bird, but thanks to an almost identical photo on the Cornell's website (allaboutbirds.org) - I discovered it was an immature male Summer Tanager.

He was quite splotchy and looked as if he was going through a bad molt, but it was still fun to watch an uncommon bird (to me) visit a feeder.





This year I think that perhaps the same guy has returned to the orange feeders, but this year he was mature. - The only completely red bird in North America!


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12 comments:

  1. They are a gorgeous color, beautiful photos!

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  2. Truly beautiful coloured birds - and lovely photos :D)

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  3. What a beautiful bird. I too have orange halves out, but the squirrels eat them too.... Michelle

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  4. Oh, they are so gorgeous :)
    Greetings

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  5. What a beauty...I just bought an oriole feeder and can't wait to see who we attract.

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  6. these are sooo attractive/handsome!!

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  7. I've never seen orange halves put out like that. What a great idea.

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  8. Superb images,also love your bottle feeders.
    Great idea.
    John.

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