Name the birdie


These birds breed in Alaska, then migrate south for the winter. We see them here during their travels. The bright red head is most vivid early in the summer. They have a reputation for shyness, so I feel lucky to have nabbed this picture!

8 responses to “Name the birdie

  1. hey thanks for ‘enlarging’ that.

    that bird is very … it’s pleasing to the eye. has an amazing range of colors. good shot.

    i got one of a roadrunner in a JTree. the pic is kinda dark tho. i will pic some good pics out, zip’em and send ’em to you.

    anyway, thanks for enlarging that.

    ps.. WW was sublime last night. stout wind (but not blowing sand) and cool temps meant 50/50 t-shirt wearing and just about perfect weather (wind). shublime.

  2. Welcome to hobolog comments, Ted!

    Even half-decent bird pictures are hard to come by with a point’n’shoot, so I thought this one deserved a little attention.

    I go back and look at this post when I daydream about sublime WW days. You took at least one of those shots.

  3. ha. so many days. so many beers. soooo much fun.

    it’s a true escape. there are days (and the frequency is increasing) when i think “Man, i am bored with that place.”

    then i get there and after a few or the first touch, i am all “Oooooh yeeeeaaah… there’s no place like WW.”

    yer bird is perty. hey, i know, i’ll send you a chuckawalla pic. hah.

  4. It’s a Western Tanager! We don’t have those here. Dewey saw a Scarlet Tanager the other day. They are gorgeous birds. (I had to cheat on this one.)

  5. I’ll have to agree — it’s a Western Tanager, Piranga ludoviciana. I’ve only seen two of them in my life; one in the Sierra Nevada in late May, the next time at Henry Coe State Park, Morgan Hill, California. Where did you see this one, cyberhobo?

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