Monday, March 31, 2008
The Flame-colored Tanager is Back
A third day in a row in the field! This doesn't happen too often with me. This past Friday, March 29 featured a morning of very light birding in Madera Canyon with my aunt and uncle (Betsy and Jack, at right), snowbirds from Washington State. While we enjoyed the colors of Painted Redstarts, Scott's Orioles, Cassin's Finches and Hepatic Tanagers, it was the male Flame-colored Tanager, back for his 6th summer that stole the show. This was the earliest date that he has arrived, as far as we know.