Scarlet Tanagers for Mother’s Day!
Mother Nature gave Judy a very nice gift for Mother’s Day – the first Scarlet Tanagers we have ever seen in our garden. They showed up while we were having brunch on the back porch with our son Daniel – coming and going throughout the afternoon.
Scarlet Tanagers are certainly one of the most dramatically colored songbirds to be found in the Midwest. The contrast between the intense scarlet body and the jet-black wings is truly striking.
Scarlet Tanagers are hard to spot because they tend to stay at the top of the tree canopy. They are subtropical migrants, spending their winters in Peru, Ecuador, and Columbia.
The females are a sensible greenish yellow. They apparently do not have to dress to impress like the males.
You are most likely to see a Scarlet Tanager while it is migrating. They were attracted to our yard by the grape jelly that we put out for Baltimore Orioles. The Tanagers eat mostly insects, but they will also eat fruit during the winter and while migrating.
They certainly did chow down on the grape jelly, which also attracts Robins and Red-Bellied Woodpeckers, along with the Orioles.
It was so nice of the Scarlet Tanagers to drop by for our Mother’s Day brunch! We hope to see them again before too much longer.