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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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Having only a few months (May – July) with these beautiful birds is not enough. Differences: Scarlet Tanager is fiery colored with black wings and a black tail (when you see one you will know what it is immediately), they are insect eaters  – the Summer Tanager is very rosy and primarily eats bees and wasps. The Scarlet Tanager’s are harder to find; due to the 10-20 acre territory compared to the Summer Tanagers need for only 1-2 acres. Both inhabit tall tree canopies and only make trips to the ground to drink or in the case of the Scarlet Tanager to trap an insect. Pictures taken Tuesday morning with a Canon 70D and a Canon EF600L IS f/4.0 Lens:

 

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WOW; old record was 4/14/11 and with this crazy and COLD weather this was the last thing I expected to see today. While checking in on the nesting Redheaded woodpeckers I spied what I thought was a male cardinal; but NO. It was a very early arriving Summer Tanager (Click to enlarge) taken with a Canon 600mm lens on a Canon 7D:

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