A Surprise! Where is my Scarlet Coloring

Fall Scarlet Tanager

I was so delighted when this bird landed at our backyard pond. At lst glance I thought “oh, a goldfinch”, but then taking a closer look I noticed this bird was quite a bit bigger and then my next thought was a female Scarlet Tanager, but still not sure. Funny that on this same day, I brought in my “Birds and Blooms”  issue from the mailbox and here on one of the pages was the same bird and they were asking for an identification. I was right, it was a Scarlet Tanager, but it was a male. When they molt their scarlet coloring they go into their winter yellow-green plumage.  Here I only saw this male tanager once this summer and now he’s been visiting daily to the pond. A true treat for me. Maybe next Spring I’ll get lucky and he’ll come back when he’s in his beautiful breeding color of scarlet and black.



  1. Northern Narratives said,

    September 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Interesting to know that the male changes color.

    • jkgphotos said,

      September 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

      It surely surprised me too. I just hope he comes back in the Spring. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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