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Isn't He Lovely...?

August 16, 2011


Western Tanager, male


I've been seeing several Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) lately and their fiery colors never fail to please! Yesterday, I mentioned how much I was looking forward to the return of the White-crowned Sparrow and there will be many other well-loved fall and winter visitors arriving with them soon. But, this will inevitably mean saying good-bye to those species of songbird that arrived last spring and stayed to breed through the summer months. In addition to the Western Tanager, a few other familiar faces that will soon depart include the Bullock's and Hooded Orioles, Black-headed Grosbeak and Phainopepla. I've tried to be especially conscious of this when out walking in the last few weeks... spending a little more time observing and admiring these guys before they take to the wing.