Date: 9/22/18 9:14 pm From: Nancy Young via VA-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [VA-bird] Scarlet Tanager, Botetourt County
I had a surprise yesterday (Saturday). A male Scarlet Tanager was eating from my seed feeder. He was there for several minutes so I got a pretty good look. I couldn't see the tail but he was yellow-green with black wings. I've not seen one since we moved here three years ago. Has anyone had tanagers eating from feeders?
And Friday I had another surprise. A hawk (probably Sharp-shinned) was on the ground right outside our front window walking among the hostas and shrubs looking for something. He was under the hummer feeder when we first noticed him. Song Sparrows and House Finches and rabbits go in there at times. But it seemed odd in this neighborhood with its manicured lawns and ornamental fruit trees. I think he is the same hawk I've seen flying behind the house. One time he caught some furry critter. Whatever he had was so heavy he stopped for a minute to rest under the Leyland cypress trees behind the houses.