Summer Tanager

Sue Girard

 Female Summer Tanager?
Perched on the saucer rim of the drip bird bath .
Dull mustard yellow (I'd liken to a tarnished brass door handle) on wings (faded yellowish bars only), along back, shoulder, head, throat, chest, parting at the breastbone to create a "waist coat" effect against the lighter mustard underparts. Tail was not cocked, but in line with back. It drank a few sips and then flew up into Prunus hedge (now bare of fruits). Heavy bill, yellow upper eye arc. slightly darker eye line.  A few tiny splotches of red in the malar area, . Female Summer Tanager?

Sue Girard
Northside Nipomo

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