While I was cooking dinner last night (lemon garlic pork loin, baked potatoes, sugar kiss melon, and potato rolls – in case you were curious) I glanced out the kitchen window and saw a boisterous family of Bluebirds at one of the birdbaths. Seeing that there was about 20 minutes left on the oven timer, I scurried to the back deck with my camera and began clicking away.
The lighting and the distance (as well as the unskilled photographer!) made for fuzzy photos, but I still enjoyed watching these guys sipping and dipping.
As I watched the family of Bluebirds splashing about, I happened to see a flash of yellow out of the corner of my eye. It was a female Scarlet Tanager patiently waiting for her turn to get a drink.
She stays the same lemony-lime color all year long…
…but her male counterpart, who showed up a few moments later, is a brilliant red during the mating season but becomes an Un-scarlet tanager when fall arrives, choosing bright yellow feathers for his autumn attire.
These two are just passing through on their way to spend the winter in South America, but seeing them was truly a treat!
22 thoughts on “An Un-Scarlet Tanager”
So beautiful – thanks for sharing and enabling me to enjoy these lovely birds too!
I would love it if they would have a longer layover in Atlanta!
Wonderful! Lucky you!
Do they stop off in your neck of the woods?
Beautiful birds Kathy, it is always a treat to see changes in breeding plumage
It amazed me that the male could do such a drastic color change.
What a beautiful color they have. So glad I got to see the photos
The female has such a soft, gentle appearance and demeanor.
The tanagers are little beauties. Very nice!
Would love for them to stick around for a few days!
oh what a beautiful treat and feast for the eyes – all while creating an amazing feast for dinner! 🙂
Maybe there’s a little Martha Stewart in me after all! Ok…not likely!
A colourful treat before dinner!
Indeed! And I think I might steal your spelling and change my word from “color” to “colour” – for some reason I just like that extra letter!
It just makes it seem more grand, doesn’t it?
Wow! Loving the lemon-lime green! 💚 What is a sugar kiss melong?! 😍
I meant melon not melong… 😉
It looks like a cantaloupe but is much sweeter. If you ever see one give it a try!
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