I’m Also Very Handsome!

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This beautiful male Scarlet Tanager has been around for at least a week or more with his Mrs. always close by.  I still get such a thrill when I spot him flying in the yard and sometimes I’m just lucky enough to see him land so close that I can take a picture or two. His coloring still takes my breath away. Enjoy and happy birding everyone!

 

Mrs. Scarlet Tanager

Female Scarlet Tanager

Female Scarlet Tanager

So, what is your opinion, is this female Scarlet Tanager pretty like her mate? The lst time I saw her, I had no idea what bird I was looking at since she is the total opposite in color of her counterpart.  I was able to observe her getting a large insect and then eating it. It took her awhile, but it sure was interesting to watch. In my opinion she is a pretty bird and I only wish I could have captured both of them at the birdbath. Enjoy your day and happy birding!

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.

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