Western Tanagers Grace The Sky For Skywatch Friday

by Larry Jordan on May 7, 2009

Western Tanager Male photos by Larry Jordan

Western Tanagers are a summer visitor to Northern California where some may breed and others may simply be passing through.  The male of the species is a striking bird with his tropical colors of bright yellow and a red-orange head.  He is also distinguished by his wide yellow upper wing bar.

The female Western Tanager is olive on the back, and yellowish below with two narrow white wing bars.

These gorgeous birds hawk insects from the tree tops and will also eat fruit.  They are a pleasure to watch as they grab insects in mid-air and fly back to their perch.  Here is one more shot of this male scanning the sky for bugs.

Have a great birding weekend and go see more super sky photos at Skywatch Friday!

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Audun May 8, 2009 at 12:16 am

What a set of great pictures of a pretty bird. I love the colours. Thanks for sharing.

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MaineBirder May 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm

That’s an absolutely beautiful bird and you have captured its colors perfectly Larry!

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Erin May 9, 2009 at 4:46 pm

beautiful captures…so enjoyed each and every one. i am just starting to photograph birds and find them challenging 🙂
have a wonderful rest of the weekend.

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Colin Campbell May 9, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Just beautiful. Most of the colourful birds in Australia are parrots and the like.

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