Scarlet Tanager at Wilket Creek: May 10, 2022

Scarlet Tanagers often appear in mid-May before the trees are in leaf. On their breeding grounds, high in the maples in June, they are surprisingly hard to find and are usually only located by song and call. By fall much of their spring finery has been replaced by green and most pass unnoticed, to winter in the tropical forests of South America.

The afternoon group had a good look at one today.

Scarlet Tanager (male)
Scarlet Tanager (male)
Scarlet Tanager (male)

Other birds:

Baltimore Oriole (male)
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Blue Jay
Chipping Sparrow
Blue Jay
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female)
Brown-headed Cowbird (female) with one leg
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)
Brown-headed Cowbird (male)

Woodchuck

Woodchuck
Woodchuck

Some botany:

Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna)
Blue Flag (Iris pseudocorus)
Early Meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)
White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
Christmas Fern
Spring-beauty (Claytonia virginica)
White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
Spring-beauty (Claytonia virginica)
White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
May-apple (Podophyllum peltatum)

10 am group:


1 pm group:

MAILBOX

Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak at our Oriole feeder with the male watching nearby.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)

NATURE POETRY

When daisies pied and violets blue
And lady-smocks all silver-white
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
Do paint the meadows with delight,     – William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

Miles Hearn

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