My monthly installments of ‘A Bestiary ~ Tales from a Wildlife Garden’ continue over at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens with the vividly stunning Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea).
Though often secretive and hard to find, the Scarlet Tanager’s song can help lead the observer to high perches and blurred shots of his brilliance. There is more about this special songbird over at the link above. The tanager and I were in synchrony while I was finishing the forty first installment of my A Bestiary. He sang while I was writing about his absence at Flower Hill Farm over the last few years. Suddenly he was back in song that led me to the top of the black cherry tree where I was able to get the shots above to identify the Scarlet Tanager with certainty. Before that I had not seen or heard him since 2012.