• Summer Tanager

    Common NameSummer Tanager
    Scientific NamePiranga rubra
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation04/29/2017
    Number Observed2
    Reporting Observer's NameBradley Clopton
    Mailing Address54 Kriste Ln
    Jericho, VT 05465
    United States
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    Date Completed04/29/2017
    Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers

    Cara Clopton, moc.l1493470091iamg@1493470091aracn1493470091otpol1493470091c1493470091
    Zoey Clopton No email

    Latitude of Observation44.5068
    Longitude of Observation-72.9620
    Place NameHome
    Time of Day08:00 AM
    Length of Time Observed15 minutes
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)90
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)40
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    Morning, slightly overcast

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    Palomar binoculars 8x40

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    Never seen this bird before, I have seen cardinals with the crest and the black markings around the beak. This bird had no black markings around the beak, and it lacked the upward crest that cardinals have. It did have brownish markings on the leading edges of its wings. The female was reddish but looked more brownish or yellowish than red. She also was smaller.

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    Description of Habitat

    Our back yard, clear open space with mix of deciduous and pine trees at the back edge. The lot behind us is empty and wooded same mix.

    Behaviors Observed

    He was down in the grass occasionally and then would fly up into the branches of primarily deciduous trees and kind of move across branches and the change to a different branch, The female was less active and only moved a few times but was always within 15 feet of the male.

    Description of Vocalizations

    Did not hear any vocalizations that could definitely be attributed to these birds

    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    I saw the make first in the yard, I then pointed him out to my wife and daughter. The male and female stayed relatively close to one another, within approximately 15 feet. The male was moving about in trees frequently but not really the upper branches, He would occasionally fly down to the yard. He stayed mostly at the edge of the wood line with occasional forays down to the yard. She stayed mostly in tree branches and did not come down into the yard. She also did not change position as often as the male.

    Relative Size & Shape

    Seemed about midsize, about evenly between a sparrow and a crow. Body was thicker than a bluejay.


    Rounded head male was red all over with only sightly brown areas on the leading edge of the wing, couldn't get a good look at the eyes, throat was full and red

    Feet & Bill

    The bill looked pretty big for the head and kind of sideways triangle and short. Did not get a good look at its feet.

    Upper Back

    Male- Red, Female brownish red

    Lower Back & Rump

    Male-red, Female more yellow or brownish


    the only marking on the wings was a slight brownish color to the leading edge of the wings the rest was all red.

    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

    Red, Red, Red



    IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?

    I have seen cardinals in this area before, but they have a crest that sticks up from the head and have black markings around the beak and throat. This bird had neither. I have never seen a bird this all over red before.

    Other Notes & Comments

    I am making guesses as to the sex of the birds, since most bird species the male is more brightly colored than the female. We had plenty of time to look up pictures of different birds while still being able to observe the birds. It was not a cardinal and did not have black wings like a scarlet tanager.
    I took a photo with my phone but the quality was terrible.

    This report was written from notes taken:Written from Memory

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