This morning I was birding Bunche Beach and J.N.Ding Darling NWR on Sanibel Island. I was picking up many new year birds for the state and having a really great morning. As I was coming out of the visitors center at the refuge, I went to check out one of the fruiting fig trees. These trees have been very productive for me throughout the years. As I neared the tree I saw many Gray Catbirds feeding on the ripened fruit. I was just about ready to walk away when I saw a red flash fly into the back of the tree. In Florida, that usually means another beautiful Red Cardinal. I moved around to check the bird, just in case, and found a beautiful male SCARLET TANAGER! I was able to get quite a few shots of the bird, while pointing it out to a couple of other birders. Your first tanager of the year is always memorable. I was really pleased to see this one, it was just beautiful. When I got back to the condo and entered my report into ebird, I was very surprised to find that it had been my very first Scarlet Tanager ever in Florida! My 280th Florida State bird!