An Un-Scarlet Tanager

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!

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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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22 Responses to An Un-Scarlet Tanager

  1. So beautiful – thanks for sharing and enabling me to enjoy these lovely birds too!

  2. 1nmbirder says:

    Wonderful! Lucky you!

  3. aussiebirder says:

    Beautiful birds Kathy, it is always a treat to see changes in breeding plumage

  4. Leona Walker says:

    What a beautiful color they have. So glad I got to see the photos

  5. The tanagers are little beauties. Very nice!

  6. Jodi says:

    oh what a beautiful treat and feast for the eyes – all while creating an amazing feast for dinner! πŸ™‚

  7. de Wets Wild says:

    A colourful treat before dinner!

  8. Jill Kuhn says:

    Wow! Loving the lemon-lime green! πŸ’š What is a sugar kiss melong?! 😍

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