• Summer Tanager

    Common NameSummer Tanager
    Scientific NamePurabga /rubra
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation04/29/2017
    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameHeidi Webster
    Mailing Address94 Mystic Drive
    Norwich, Vermont 05055
    United States
    Map It
    EmailEmail hidden; Javascript is required.
    Date Completed04/30/2017
    Latitude of Observation0
    Longitude of Observation0
    Place Name94 Mystic Drive
    Time of Day05:10 PM
    Length of Time Observed10 - 15 minutes
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)30
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)25
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions


    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    Nikon 8x42

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    I have seen Scarlet Tanagers.

    I certify that that attachments included with this report were captured during this observation event​​.
    Description of Habitat

    Bird feeder with bar (supposed to be squirrel proof) with black oil sunflower seed. Other birds present include chickadees, titmice, mourning doves, white-breasted nuthatch, cardinals

    Behaviors Observed

    I did not see it fly. It was busy feeding with its beak in the seed the whole time I watched.

    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    I saw a grosbeak-sized bird at my feeder. The head was red and it had a large beak. The red extended past the breast, where it appeared blotchy looking. There were also blotches of red on the wings. The red met yellow at the sides and the yellow extended to the tail on the underside of the bird. The wings were darker, kind of a grayish color.

    Relative Size & Shape

    I thought it was about the size of a grosbeak.



    Feet & Bill

    I did not observe these closely.

    Upper Back

    Dark - grayish

    Lower Back & Rump


    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

    See above

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

    Pine grosbeak, finches, crossbills. This bird was distinctly red and yellow. I could not find other birds that had both colors in the pattern that I saw. The blotchy breast and blotchy red markings on the upper wings were unique.

    Other Notes & Comments

    From my research I determined that this was a juvenile male.

    This report was written from notes taken:Written from Memory

    More Posts from VCE