Summer Tanager Pair

Although I haven’t heard the song of a Summer Tanager as often this spring as usual – and I’ve missed it – yesterday morning I saw a pair of Summer Tanagers in the leaves of a pecan tree near our driveway, and this morning saw them again in the white oaks just behind the house. Both times they were calling to each other, with their calls overlapping, and the all-red male seemed to be following the female through the trees. I got an especially good look at the female as she paused among the leaves of an oak. Her plumage was a very attractive dusky-orange in color, with darker wings. She looked much more orange than most female Summer Tanagers I’ve seen before.

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