|The one that got away. The blank spot on the branch is where the first spring tanager had been before it flew out of my life forever.|
BAM! First spring male summer tanager stopped by my second-floor aerie this morning. Very different from a mature male, but still with the tanager profile and bright plumage. One of the most beautiful birds I have ever seen, just off my screened-in porch. More or less, UT orange on front half, yellowish aft.
Did not have my camera and it was a real poiser. In the parlance of today: My bad. By the time I retrieved it, the bird had flown. But for great photos of what I just saw, go to the blog of John Briggs: First spring