Florida Surprise!


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!

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2 Responses to Florida Surprise!

  1. karencmiller says:

    Beautiful bird, John!

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