Friday, June 9, 2017

Summer Tanager

On 8 June I banded a Summer Tanager in our backyard in Northfield. Summer Tanagers are rare in Minnesota. This is only the second I have seen in the state. It is not the first Summer Tanager that I have banded. I caught two in South Dakota. Summer Tanagers breed across the southern United States. In the spring males are regularly reported north of the breeding range. Less often they are found in the north during the fall. Although fond of various fruits, Summer Tanagers have a predilection for bees and wasps.

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