Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Scarlet Tanager as new yard bird

While making tea I heard a familiar song - one which I often describe as "a Robin on speed" - and tracked it down after a little while to a Scarlet Tanager that was singing from the top of my big oak in the back yard. It was just singing, not singing-while-feeding as a lot of warblers do, and in fact there were two Scarlet Tanagers with the other one singing from a distance to the north. A little later I heard a nearby Northern Parula sounding off. Despite the cool start to the day and what appears to be a north wind, some local migration must have happened.

Very gratifyingly, not only is Scarlet Tanager a new yard bird, but I also got to watch it sing for a while.

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