~Today’s Feathered Friend-Color Me a Rosy Red~

 

A Haiku

~

large bright yellow bill

color me a rosy red

my name, Tanager

~

Summer Tanager eyeing  a suet feeder
Summer Tanager eyeing a suet feeder

 

Figuring it out!
Figuring it out!

 

Imitation
Water Fall Imitation

 

Today’s Feathered Friend:

Summer Tanager

Male:

`Seven and three-quarters inches in length

`Bright rosy red overall – all year

`Large yellowish bill (more yellow during breeding season)

`Darker red wings and tail

Female:

`Yellowish below, slightly darker above

`Yellowish bill

`Olive-green upper parts

`Orange-yellow under parts

Facts:

`Tanager is from language of Tupi Indians of Amazon region, who called these brightly colored tree-drelling birds tangaras

`Most common North American tanager in its range – eastern and southern United States

`Song is Robin like and is a repeated Pick-a-Tuck

`Eats mostly bees and wasps and known to catch them right out of the air

`Habitat: Pine Oak woods, willows and cottonwoods, along streams

`Likes peanut butter and cornmeal from your feeder

~Neotropical migrant

~Vulnerable to habitat loss and forest fragmentation

`Host to Cowbirds, uncommon {yeah}

`Usually monogamous and many appear to remain in pairs all year

`Information taken from several sources including: Stokes Field Guide to Birds and Smithsonian Handbook Birds of North America, NGS Birds of North America

 

Going to get a cool drink of water
Going to get a cool drink of water

 

A beautiful Summer Tanager
A beautiful male Summer Tanager

 

Large Yellowish Bill
Large Yellowish Bill

While camping at South Llano State Park in April of 2014, I captured these photos while sitting in a bird blind. It was a thrill to see this beautiful Summer Tanager up close. I also saw the female, but didn’t manage to capture her with my camera. She was pretty shy!

The Field Sparrow told me about this water slide
“The Field Sparrow told me about this water slide”

 

He was right: "This is fun!"
“He was right this is fun!”

 

~

Added to my Birding Life List in April, 2007

at Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Cottonwood, Arizona

~

 My Birding Life List – 366

 

Links:

Paying-Ready-Attention (Wild Bird Wednesday)

http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com

Prairie Birder (Feathers on Friday)

http://prairiebirder.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

13 thoughts on “~Today’s Feathered Friend-Color Me a Rosy Red~”

    1. Thank you so much! The Tanagers are gorgeous birds. My hubby would agree with you; he can stay for just so long. Me, I could stay a long time. It can be fun, especially if you are in there by yourself and have the best sit in the place! On the other hand, it is also fun to meet other birders and photographers. A lot of professional photographers will share info about their equipment, etc.

    1. Hi Judy! Your beautiful Scarlet would be a new Life bird for me! I would love to see them. We saw one Summer while walking around High Island when we were there. Happy Birding!

  1. Beautiful shots of a very pretty bird. I wish I could have gone to Dead Horse Park but I work weekends, looks like you have fun!

    1. Hi Dawn. Thank you so very much. The Summer Tanager is a beautiful bird. If you ever get a change to visit Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood, AZ, I know you would enjoy it very much. It is a great place for birding, hiking and just enjoying nature!

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