Summer Tanager

Feathered Focus

Hey guys, welcome back. Today is our next tanager; the summer tanager. The summer tanager is a bright red bird that lives in the southern half of the eastern US. Despite this, I have seen a few in New York City, which is slightly north of their range. They rarely visit northern Ohio, so I haven’t seen any here yet, but when I lived in Missouri, they were everywhere. And I never tired of it. My first spot was a female. And while they look similar to the female scarlet tanager, one happened to be in the same tree. Side by side comparisons are always a plus. The scarlet tanager has darker colored wings, and are greener overall.

Female summer tanager. Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis, MO

Males are entirely red. I feel like the scarlet tanager is a more vibrant red, but the summer is still striking to…

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