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 By fall much of their spring finery has been replaced by green and most pass unnoticed, to winter in the tropical forests of South America.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.
10 am group:
1 pm group:
Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak at our Oriole feeder with the male watching nearby.
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)