While sitting outside one morning last week, the Zendog and I suddenly felt a swoosh of air moving past our heads. For a moment all I could see was a bright blur heading straight for the lilac bush. Once this brightly colored bird landed, I knew right away that we were looking at a Western Tanager. Lucky me for having the camera right there! 😉
And while Western Tanagers do live in this area, I’ve only seen one three times in the fourteen years we’ve been in this house.
Isn’t he just gorgeous?
A male Western Tanager in summer plumage has
a bright yellow body with a reddish-orange face,
black tail and wings with white wing bars and a yellow shoulder patch.
According to my bird guide, Western Tanagers are not very active
which is probably why I rarely see them around here.
Suddenly, he took wing and disappeared into the woods.