The preserve has really greened up in the last couple of weeks, and there are lots of new arrivals on the trails! Last Sunday was especially exciting for our local birders as a Summer Tanager was spotted on the preserve, a pretty rare sighting for Tifft! While I don’t have any pictures of the bird (a male bird to be exact) I do have some pretty cool facts about the Summer Tanager:
-It’s the only entirely red bird in North America
-Males are all red, while females usually have yellow/olive coloration. Although it is rare, females can be entirely red as well.
-They are specialized wasp and bees eaters.
-They can catch an insect midflight, and will beat it against a branch to kill it. Tanagers will also rub the bee or wasp stinger off on a branch before consuming it.
-They spend most of their time in southern forests, and winter in northern South America.
If you have any pictures of the Summer Tanager that you’d like to share, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your full name so I can give you photo credit! Thanks in advance see you on the trails!
|Cherry blossoms near the Vistor Center|
|Barn swallows have already started on their nest for this season|
|Our Oriole feeder is open for business, complete with oranges and grape jelly!|