Date: 5/19/19 10:37 am From: 'Migrant' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> Subject: Re: [cobirds] Re: Western Tanager invasion, Boulder
In our Green Mountain Lakewood yard, we have had tanagers for eleven straight days. Yesterday was the max with six- four males of various ages, and two females. They were joined by nine orioles and three lazuli buntings, along with the “usual suspects” of robins, blue jays, magpies, spotted towhees, broad-tailed hummers, black-headed grosbeaks, bushtits, house finches, scrub-jays, chickadees, flickers and doves. Quite a show. The tanagers are interesting because the males can be told apart by the amount of red on the head, presumably a function of age. We had a range of bold, fully red head to one with just a wash of red on what otherwise looked like a female.
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> On May 19, 2019, at 11:29 AM, Elena Holly Klaver <elena...> wrote:
> I have several western tanagers in my yard in Niwot for the first time that I can remember. There are males and females, both, calling (not singing), and they prefer the suet. What a treat. Nothing says “neotropical migrant” better than a western tanager!
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>> On May 19, 2019, at 9:38 AM, Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...> wrote:
>> Sorry hit the send key before I was finished.
>>> On Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 9:30:04 AM UTC-6, Joyce Takamine wrote:
>>> I live in East Boulder away from the foothills and usually do not
>>> see Western Tanagers in my yard. But about 2 weeks ago I noticed
>> 2 males and saw at least one for a few days. But in the last few days
>> the tanager gang has grown. Sometimes I can count about 10 birds
>> at the feeders and in the nearby trees and bushes. There are at least
>> 2 females but mostly males. They are eating the suet blocks. Has
>> anyone else had such an invasion. It is not unusual to see multiple
>> tanagers are the feeder area. They do not seem to like to share the
>> suet block while they are eating. There is at least one male that has
>> a gorgeous bright red hood and he seems to be dominate.
>> Joyce Takamine
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