A Not-So-Scarlet Tanager

A blur of yellow caught my eye when I went outside to refresh the birdbath and the water dishes this afternoon.  At first I thought it was a Warbler; turns out it was a female Scarlet Tanager stopping by for a drink.tanager1


Unlike the male, who is is indeed scarlet (you can see him in this previous post) – the female is a bright greenish yellow.


I’m pretty sure this lovely lady had been hoping for a bit of a bath, but her time was cut short by the arrival of a female of a larger beaked variety.


After leaving the water, she sat on a nearby branch for a few moments and then flew off out of sight.



I’m so glad this beauty paid a visit; she added a touch of beauty to my day.


About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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18 Responses to A Not-So-Scarlet Tanager

  1. atkokosplace says:

    And in turn, you’ve added beauty to mine! Oh they are so beautiful. I adore your bird bath and have inspired me to make one. The weather is perfect to be outside and this project should be fun. Thank you so much for sharing these photos. I really mean that! Have a wonderful week ahead. Koko❀

  2. kathydoremus says:

    It is always my pleasure to share the photos! And please let me know how your birdbath turns out. 🙂

  3. Jodi says:

    What a beauty. Great capture Kathy!!

  4. aussiebirder says:

    Lovely shots Kathy, I often use to wonder why God made the males so bright and colourful and the young ones of similar colour to the female who is more blander in colour oftenin shades of brown or green, and I think it is for their protection. My observations, which I will share in my book are that the female can hide effectively with their young and the male with its bright attractive colours can lead any intruder away from the brood or nest and then return to the family. This is what I have observed with many of our Australian birds which likewise have plain coloured female and immature markings. The male will become fully virile only when he morphs from looking like a female to gaining his full male plumage. Interesting, your photos stirred up my thoughts again, thanks for sharing Kathy!

  5. memadtwo says:

    What a wonderful face she has! (K.)

  6. Jill Kuhn says:

    Such lovely photos, Kathy! I saw a Stellar Jay at the lake this last weekend but it would not let me take its photo! 😊

  7. Wonderful pictures!!! Can´t wait for the next Draw-A-Bird-Day!!! 😉

  8. What a pretty bird! She is lovely.

  9. And she is a gorgeous creature! Thank you for sharing her with us, Kathy!

  10. Tiny says:

    It’s beautiful! But not easy to identify. I may have seen this bird a few times, but didn’t know what it was 🙂

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