Western Tanager, Los Alamos, New Mexico



This colorful neon yellow-red neotropical migrant is one of the prettiest birds we've seen and he can be seen in our back yard during the spring, summer and fall. For this reason he's usual on the cover of many birding guides. For many it is not easy to a see Western Tanager and definitely not up close. However, residents of Los Alamos can get great looks every May. This is a point black shot from just 5 feet away   (Click). The male western tanagers that stay to breed get even redder in the face during early summer:   (Click). Tanagers do not eat seed but they like to take baths in our ponds. Therefore, we get good looks every year:   (Click). Here is a rare shot of the beautiful bird in flight:   (Click).



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