Monday, August 23, 2010

Western Tanager

Since I posted a female Western Tanager yesterday I thought I would post images of males today. Neither image is very good, but they are good enough to clearly identify the birds.
The top image was taken on my trip to Albuquerque, NM in late June. On the way to the Sandia Crest with the local Audubon Society, we stopped at historical church garden where we saw a few Western Tanager males at a distance. They had full mating season coloration.
The bottom image was taken last weekend at Jackson Bottom. This male has lost most of its red coloration on its face and looks a bit beat up and possibly molting as Autumn approaches.

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