Summer Tanager

This afternoon I decided to head in to Vancouver for the Summer Tanager first reported on the British Columbia Rare Bird Alert blog on December 09. It did not take long to locate the bird along the Arbutus Greenway.

Summer Tanager
Summer Tanager

While it was initially challenging getting a clear shot,

Summer Tanager
Summer Tanager

… the opportunities improved with time and as it moved among the trees hawking for insects. It was also visiting suet feeders.

Summer Tanager
Summer Tanager

This immature male Summer Tanager is the sixth record for British Columbia and the first for the Vancouver area. Given the time of year this bird should be in Mexico, Central or South America.

Summer Tanager
Summer Tanager

A productive outing and a new addition to my life photo list.