It was love at second sight!
I was standing in the kitchen, chopping up our first watermelon of the season, when I saw a flash of red fly past the window. Without stopping to think, I abandoned my sticky mess, gave my hands a quick rinse, and darted outside with my camera.
And there he was, a Scarlet Tanager! I had seen one of these beautiful birds a week or so ago, but I didn’t figure I would be blessed with a return visit.
This fellow started off with a quick dip in the bird bath…
…but he didn’t stay long as he was in no mood to share the water with a pair of intrusive doves who clearly had no respect for his personal space.
Next, he flew to a branch and surveyed the fountain to make sure it was safe and doveless.
He lounged in the water for several luxurious moments, then departed to the tree tops where he disappeared behind a cluster of leaves.
Now, I’ll admit, I know little of his personality (other than the fact that he is feistier than I first thought) but I am absolutely enthralled by his appearance. Call me shallow if you like, but it’s definitely love at second sight!