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The tree I am speaking of is OLD and large Red Mulberry and has a good bunch of squaw-wood (dead wood) at the bottom. Next to it, is a young Black Locust and a very large dead Elm. When the mulberries ripen in May. Some years earlier than others. I was astounded how may species of birds come to eat the fruit on this tree.

I spent an entire morning in May in a camp shirt and dark green hat on, about 40-50 feet from this Mulberry Tree with a hand-held Canon 50D with a Canon EF400L f/5.6 Lens snapping photos left and right on this amazing tree’s visitors.

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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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