Nature it is exciting and a bit mind blowing when one is able to catch a glimpse of a Scarlet Tanager. These elusive birds live high in the tree tops and generally nest deep into a forest’s interior to avoid becoming prey of high flying raptors. Looking from the ground one would assume that this bright red bird was a cardinal. They arrive in our area back from southern climes in mid May to early June to nest.
Last Sunday on Mother’s Day I spotted two males and my children saw one yellowish-orange female feeding on a swarm of insects. I pulled my jaw up from the ground and immediately grabbed my camera. My mother and I had a shared passion for bird watching. When one of us would spot something new, one of us would immediately call the other. In her 68 years on this earth she, nor I had never seen a Scarlet Tanager. Being a natural red head for most of her life and my second Mother’s Day after her death her I am convinced that she sent me these birds from the heavens. Thanks Mom.