My husband came back from the gym telling me about a bird he’d seen that he was sure wasn’t in our yard, at least when we’ve been looking.
Not long after he came home, he hollered for me to get to the front window, that the same species was in one of our trees. Sure enough, there was a Western tanager, who thankfully stayed in the area while I retrieved my binoculars from the other room.
Not only was the lovely male flitting from truck to branch to leaf, but his less-colorful mate was, too. I watched for a good while as the pair went from birch to sycamore to maple and then, eventually flew southwest towards Garden Home.
I’ve linked these pilfered photos from a couple of bird sites where you can learn more about them, if you’d like. The photo to the left is from The Field Guide to Birds of North America website. The one below is from the Royal Alberta Museum website, and the link is to Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology site, All About Birds.