Scarlet Tanager

On Saturday May 14th, I walked around the Eastman Nature Center hoping to find some migratory birds to photograph. I found a male Scarlet tanager in the trees that caught an insect. The Scarlet tanager is a bright colorful migratory songbird that is placed in the cardinal family. The Scarlet tanager migrates twice a year. They fly across the Gulf of Mexico to get to their breeding grounds in eastern North America and to their wintering grounds in South America.

Scarlet Tanager with insect

A Scarlet tanager’s diet consists of insects such as moths, butterflies and spiders. It’s predators are long-eared/short-eared owls, merlin, etc. Predators for their young include blue jays, crows, squirrels, and snakes. An interesting fact is that in the summer and spring the tanager’s colors are bright red and black, but during the fall those get traded with yellow feathers.

Credit to Stan Tekiela’s Birds of Minnesota Audio Cd

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Published by PalmerLakeNature

I am a nature-loving teen who photographs all the cool nature in Minnesota and around the world. My goal is to share my passion for the outdoors with others. I was an Outdoor Education Intern at Mississippi Gateway Regional Park in the summer of 2022 where I helped with the summer educational programs. I am also active with the Best Buy Teen Tech Center where I do coding, graphic design, photography, and 3D printing. A few of my photos have been published in a newsletter by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. Minneapolis Parks and Rec has also published my nature photos on their Facebook page. Current Equipment: Canon 90D, Tamron 100-400mm Lens, 50mm Lens

One thought on “Scarlet Tanager

  1. I’m learning so much more about the wildlife around me, thanks to you!! Please keep posting- I really enjoy it!


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