Western Tanager – Cornell University Campus

Western Tanager on the Cornell Campus in Ithaca, New York

Western Tanager on the Cornell Campus in Ithaca, New York


This morning Lance Verderame and I headed to Ithaca to try for the WESTERN TANAGER that has been being seen on the campus the last several days. It was an easy trip up and an easy add to my year list. It was a state bird for Lance! As we pulled up along the street, we could see a group of people gathered with binoculars. As I watched (moving along) I actually saw the bird flutter up into the vines on the side of the building. We parked the car and went to the spot. The bird was now on the ground eating berries it had just plucked off the vines. It remained on the ground, eating almost continually for the fifteen minutes we were observing it. It seemed a bit cold, the temps were in the upper twenties, but was clearly active, eating and in apparent good health. This was my second Western Tanager for New York, the first being about ten years ago on Long Island. We had heard the bird was a female, but the bird has clear Orange-red feathers coming in on its face and black feathers coming in on its back, both indicating it is a first winter male.
The tanager fed almost continually

The tanager fed almost continually


Western Tanager

Western Tanager


Western Tanager, you can see the orange-red feathers coming in on its face.

Western Tanager, you can see the orange-red feathers coming in on its face.

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2 Responses to Western Tanager – Cornell University Campus

  1. Karen C M says:

    What a cutie! Congrats, John and Lance!

  2. We both thank you! Lets hope WE have a great day to celebrate tomorrow!

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