You can imagine my surprise when I saw a male Western Tanager in my dogwood today. The bird has been observed flying into my yard from the south, dropping down through the dogwood, sitting for 30 seconds or so and flying out of the yard to the south. I have a suet feeder, finch mix feeder, sunflower chip feeder and orange halves all hanging under the dogwood, but I never observed the bird eating. I assume he's finding insects and/or nectaring from the emerging buds in the neighborhood.If you're interested in observing the Tanager, I recommend parking on the street and using your car as a blind. I never located the bird when I was walking around the neighborhood, but he appeared 3 times over 2 hours while I used my car as a blind. I will watch for the bird in the morning, and post here as soon as I see him.Diane BricmontStill pinching myself in STL CO.
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