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Summer Tanager

Discussion in 'Gardening With Animals' started by baymule, Jul 12, 2018 at 12:36 PM.

  1. Jul 12, 2018 at 12:36 PM
    baymule

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    I have this beautiful red bird hanging out in my garden. He perches on the fence or on a wood corner post. I snapped his picture and looked him up. He is a Summer Tanager and eats insects. Never see him at the bird feeder. He is welcome for as long as he wants to stay.

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  2. Jul 12, 2018 at 12:57 PM
    Nyboy

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    Wish I could borrow him. I have trees full of caterpillars he could eat. I would send you back one fat bird. he is very pretty hope he finds a wife and they make your garden home
     
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  3. Jul 12, 2018 at 1:07 PM
    thistlebloom

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    He's beautiful. I spotted a Western Tanager in my yard one day. Hard to miss such a brilliant bird, but he didn't stick around to be watched.
     
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  4. Jul 12, 2018 at 2:01 PM
    digitS'

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    Wonderful! Pretty bird.

    I'm still happy that you have lots of Meadow Larks, since it must have been the Starlings that ran them outta this neck of the woods, 40 years ago.

    I learned something looking up your Tanagers, Bay'. Our Western Tanager @thistlebloom , is now classified as a Cardinal ..! (link)

    I don't really see them around home. They seem to like it up in the foothills and near water. I guess if they are Cardinals, I can stop complaining about local sports teams named "the Cardinals" even though there isn't one of those birds in a thousand miles!

    These sports enthusiasts should be naming their teams something sensible like "the Western Tanagers," "the Meadow Larks," or "the Yellow-headed Blackbirds."

    :) Steve
     
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  5. Jul 12, 2018 at 2:33 PM
    seedcorn

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    Beautiful useful bird. Send him north.
     
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  6. Jul 12, 2018 at 2:34 PM
    flowerbug

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    yes, we'll happily adopt them! love the cardinals.
     
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  7. Jul 12, 2018 at 6:21 PM
    Nyboy

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    I am pretty sure cardinals here are seed eaters
     
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  8. Jul 12, 2018 at 8:01 PM
    baymule

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    We have lots of cardinals. They eat the black oil sun flower seeds like crazy. We love them.
     
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  9. Jul 12, 2018 at 8:06 PM
    so lucky

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    Anyone see painted buntings on their property? I'm trying to remember if I've ever seen one for real.
     
  10. Jul 12, 2018 at 8:30 PM
    baymule

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    We have Indigo Buntings that show up , but they never stay long.
     
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