Thursday, May 21, 2009

Scarlet Tanager

Yesterday afternoon I received several phone calls and emails from friends with the news that a male Scarlet Tanager was visiting the backyard of a couple of bird watchers here in Saskatoon.
Of course, I had to be there and thanks to the kind hospitality of the house owners and the friends I went with, I got great views of this life bird through the main dining room window.
This is only the 7th record for the Saskatoon area in 50 years.
What an absolute treat ! I have only waited 7 years to see one :-)





22 comments:

holdingmoments said...

I can see how he got his name Nick!
What a stunner, and congratulations on getting such beautiful shots.
Good of the houseowner to allow you all to observe such a beauty too.

Chris said...

To see one and to get wonderful shots of it!! These are awesome shots, I can imagine the excitement and the happiness!!! Cool really cool for you Nick!!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Gorgeous! That about says it all Lucky you.
Blessings,Ruth

Kelly said...

...on our river trail we only get to see them from a distance. This up-close view is phenomenal. In 1990 I was with my grandma and one few within three feet of us at eye level. I've never been that close to one since. Super photos...lucky you!!!

Suzanne said...

What a darling! That's a great photo, Nick. He looks puffed up a bit -- is it cold for him there? His colors are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Nick S said...

Thanks guys. Yesterday was cold yes, and also windy !
Tomorrow I hope to get some Shorebird photos before they vanish :-)

The Birdlady said...

Beautiful - we saw onetoday,too, but he was REALLY faraway!

Bird Girl said...

WOW!!!

yen said...

beautiful nird, great composition and color presentation.

Rocky M said...

Beautiful bird Nick !,congrats,I think you need to send some of those nice Saskatoon birds down our way:-)

Tina said...

How wonderful to get to see him perched at a feeder!! WOW!! Great shots..I have seen him two times this spring but never at a feeder and always on the move. You lucky guy!

Jayne said...

Oh, he's delicious Nick!!

HANNIBAL said...

Congrats! Even thru a window, you got some excellent images!

Nick S said...

Thanks everyone. He didn't actually come to a feeder.
There is a huge apple tree in the garden, so he was interested in those I think.
He came right down to eye level to stop at the bird bath, and at one point landed right on the dining room window ledge :-)
I have a couple more photos I will post some time.

Shellmo said...

So BEAUTIFUL!!! Easily ranked up there as one of the most beautiful birds ever! (Behind my loons of course, ha,ha!)

Chris Petrak said...

Wow! - I heard one singing today, but in spite of long search, never saw him in the canopy except for a shadow flying.

NatureStop said...

First visit to your blog , very nice photos!!

NatureStop said...

First visit to your blog , very nice photos!!

Mike - Fenphotography said...

Stunning looking bird, great colour and nice shots mate.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Amazing. The color of this bird is stunning! My bird sightings have never resulted in anything this colorful.

Carol said...

What a beautiful bird, as all of them are. Did you post pictures of your barrel pond?

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Barbara Martin said...

Congratulations on your photos. Well done!