Date: 9/8/17 4:50 pm From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...> Subject: [ia-bird] Boone Co. "Prairie Tanager"
I was having coffee on our back deck early this morning & looked up at the top spire of a spruce tree in our yard, where virtually every resident or migrating species likes to perch in the morning sun (I like to call it our "bird throne"). At first glance it appeared goldfinch-like, except much larger and with no wingbars. I grabbed the binoculars I always have with me during coffee, and with a close look it was obviously an adult male *Scarlet Tanager* already in winter plumage.
Ogden is a small open prairie town two miles from the nearest forest along the Des Moines River, so I've never seen a SCTA here in town before. But it was sure nice to add this "prairie tanager" to our yard list!