Monday, June 01, 2009

FINALLY! A Scarlet Tanager!

Friday afternoon as I was waiting for AB (my girlfriend) to get home, I wandered across the street from her apartment into the fringes of the Toftrees state gamelands. I took my binocs because I knew I'd heard a Wood Thrush from that direction on several mornings, and I was just hearing the crescendo of an amazingly loud Ovenbird.

I looked up, trying to locate the Ovenbird in my binocs, scanning the treetops for movement, when I spotted it: a dark red bird with jet-black wings. 'OHMYGOD it's a scarlet tanager!' I just kept whispering that sentence over and over as I watched this beautiful male SCTA preen and sun himself. Of course I didn't have my camera! That would've been too perfect! But I did get to watch him for about ten seconds when he decided he'd had enough of that branch and flew away.

Wow. So worth waiting for! I never saw the Ovenbird--I was too excited to even remember the Ovenbird (I've had great looks at them before).

Coming in at 201 on the lifelist: Scarlet Tanager!

I'm going back there tonight, and you can bet I'll have my camera.

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On a depressing note, read this. Of all the disappointments we've suffered since Obama took office, this one really hits hard.


Carol said...

Good luck with the camera...I've never seen a Scarlet Tanager.

Rabbits' Guy said...

The bird is great!!!

Money talks ...

Susan Gets Native said...

GO with your bad Life List!!!!!

dguzman said...

Carol- Thanks!

Rabbits' Guy--I'm afraid that's what spoke to Obama. Money and power.


Rabbits' Guy said...

But! It can't sing and dance and walk!

Nicole Clark Morgan said...
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dguzman said...

Rabbits' Guy--I wouldn't be so sure. I just think us mere mortals rarely get to see the entire routine, you know what I mean? That's my only explanation for the corruption of the seemingly incorruptible: that they must've been corrupted by more money and power than you or I could ever even imagine. Otherwise--why would they do it? ...either that, or they've sold their souls to Satan?

Nicole--welcome to the bloggy! I'll check yours out too.

Anonymous said...

You are so lucky to get a scarlet tanager. I have never seen one of those here. If you have seen My Birds Blog you have seen what we have.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville, Ohio

KatDoc said...

Hurrah for the Scarlet Tanager! It always amazes me that such a brilliantly colored bird can be so hard to see.


Lisa said...

How cool! They seem so exotic to me.

dAwN said...

Love that red bird! Hope you get a photo next time..
Crappy about the mining...

Rabbits' Guy said...

Here's what I remember being the - sort of - explanation ... and it involves the Colorado River.

Conserving the Colorado, to many, means that every drop flows into the ocean ...

To others, to conserve the Colorado means not a single drop gets to the ocean.

Different mindsets.

dguzman said...

BTW, I STILL haven't gotten a tanager photo--they're invisible! I play my BirdJam, and they sing along, chip-burrrrr, but they just stay in the leaves!

Mel said...

A W E S O M E!!
That would be a lifer for me :)

nina at Nature Remains. said...

Expect the unexpected--pretty much my mantra.

And, I've had a similar experience with a Scarlet Tanager this spring--sitting for quite a while, totally unexpectedly.
Of course, never to be repeated.

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