|Common Name||Summer Tanager|
|Scientific Name||Piranga rubra|
|Type of Report||Rare Species|
|Date of Observation||04/29/2017|
|Reporting Observer's Name||Bradley Clopton|
|Mailing Address||54 Kriste Ln|
Jericho, VT 05465
|Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers|
Cara Clopton, moc.l1493470091iamg@1493470091aracn1493470091otpol1493470091c1493470091
|Latitude of Observation||44.5068|
|Longitude of Observation||-72.9620|
|Time of Day||08:00 AM|
|Length of Time Observed||15 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.
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.
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.
|This report was written from notes taken:||Written from Memory|