Twitching the Summer Tanager in Northern California
No one can accuse me of being a twitcher but when I checked my email Sunday morning and found that the local list serve posted a Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) only 45 minutes from my home, well, that would be a lifer for me 😉 Click on photos for full sized image.
So off I went, camera in hand, to see if I could find the wayward bird.
No sooner had I parked and gotten out of my car when some of the folks at the campground asked if I was “looking for the bird?” How did they know that?
As I discovered chatting with my fellow birders at the Sycamore Grove Campground, this male Summer Tanager would be a record for Tehama County California.
He was not camera shy…
and as I mentioned to one of the other photogs in attendance…
many times I find that birds will come closer to investigate the clicking sound of the camera.
I was able to get a few shots of him eating one of the berries off the tree…
Not having much time to bird lately and due to the fact that daytime temps have been in the triple digits for several weeks in Northern California recently, it was good to get out with fellow birders and enjoy the avifauna.
I hope you enjoyed this photo gallery of my lifer male Summer Tanager as much as I enjoyed my twitching experience! My guess is that I will be chasing more birds in the not too distant future when I have more free time.