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A Male Summer Tanager (in molt) and very disturbed by my presence has shown up. He is very late in migration. It’s been a full month since I have seen one. This sassy guy has a patch of yellow on his rosy red feathered back; taken with a Canon 7D with a Canon EF 300L IS lens with a Canon 1.4X TC. This bird surprised me – I thought a had a Northern Cardinal in my sights when ………..  surprise !!!

 

Looking at me

Looking at me

Tuft up

Tuft up

looking away

looking away

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These photos are a week old now; from back when the sun used to shine (its been mostly cloudy for a week now and unseasonably cold too), 28F again this morning. These are of American Goldfinches just beginning to molt to yellow; with 5 weeks they will be bright yellow. The mourning cloak was in the snow at Richland Creek, two weeks ago. I took the Goldfinch photos in my yard with a telephoto lens about Feb 20th, 2013:

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