Pair Summer Tanagers

Summer tanagers usually don’t find our yard interesting enough to stay here, until this summer. It seems like weeks now that I’ve listened to their “pik-i-tuk-tuk-i-tuk” calls.

Every time the calling would continue, I’d try to locate the bird, never with any luck  until this evening.

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 I stood and stood, hunted and hunted. First I spotted the male among the masses of leaves and branches. Please excuse the quality of the pictures. I know they’re far from being good. At least I finally found one and took it’s picture in the evening light.

If you look close you can see yellow around its neck and down its breast a little. The yellow indicates it’s a young one that isn’t the total red of an adult male.

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The low evening sun made the female’s deep yellow front look slightly more orange.

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It was considerate for both birds to be in my final picture.

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The next morning the male called from the catalpa tree above where I was working. Adult scarlet tanagers are bright red with black wings. Call notes easily differentiate the summer from the scarlet tanager. Summer tanagers give “pik-i-tuk-i-tuk” calls, and their song resembles a robin. The scarlet tanagers repeat “chip-burr” calls, and their song sounds like a robin with a sore throat.

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8 responses to this post.

  1. Good job spotting and photographing them. i’d love to see one here!

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  2. It’s always a treat to finally see the bird you have been hearing over and over. I love just being able to say, yeah, that’s a —–, and no longer be tormented Into searching for the elusive caller. Hooray for you!

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  3. Very cool, I found a couple in Busey Woods up in Urbana a few months back..:-)

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