Well, yes it is only March, and winter will be hanging around, but who can resist a splash of summer just a little before it’s time.
A flash of red moving in the canopy lead us to a beautiful Summer Tanager perched overhead. These birds are specialized hunters of bees and wasps. Catching them on the wing and managing to avoid getting stung and removing the stinger by rubbing thier prey on a tree branch prior to confining their meal.
Most of our encounters with the brilliant colored males were looking through dense foliage however once and awhile one managed to land in clear sight and in camera view.
A little splash of summer on a late winters day.
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Nice shots! I didn’t know about their feeding habits, interesting!
A treat to see the birds and I love the colour of the branch in the last picture too. It’s as if it has been painted.
Such a beautiful bird!