Strikingly Colorful Avian Neighbors Have been Very Active This Past Week

Black-headed Grosbeak and Western Tanager7978bW1WM
Western Tanager, Piranga ludoviciana, Male, Black-headed Grosbeak, Pheucticus melanocephalus, Suet Feeder, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America

This Spring there have been a number of strikingly colorful visitors to the suet feeders hanging outside the kitchen window.

Female Black-headed Grosbeak and 3 Male Western Tanagers 7852W1WM
Male Western Tanagers, Piranga ludoviciana, Female, Black-headed Grosbeak, Pheucticus melanocephalus, Suet Feeders, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America

The regulars include over a dozen Western Tanagers,

Western Tanager 8018W1WM
Western Tanager, Piranga ludoviciana, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America

several pairs of Black-headed Grosbeaks

Black-headed Grosbeak 7914W1WM
Male, Black-headed Grosbeak, Pheucticus melanocephalus, Suet Feeder, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America

and one first-year Bullock’s Oriole.

Bullock's Oriole7810W1WM
Bullock’s oriole, Icterus bullockii, First Year Male, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America

When the Tanagers are grouped around the feeders they remind me of a flock of exotic parrots from some tropical forest.

Western Tanagers and Black-headed Grosbeak 7958W1WM
Western Tanager, Piranga ludoviciana, Male, Black-headed Grosbeak, Pheucticus melanocephalus, Suet Feeders, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America

All photos were taken through a closed double-pane window.

Six Western Tanagers 8001W1WM
Six Western Tanagesr, Piranga ludoviciana, at Suet Feeders, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America

2 thoughts on “Strikingly Colorful Avian Neighbors Have been Very Active This Past Week”

  1. The suet and jelly feeders are on a metal pole that the squirrels can’t climb. They do get in the pans below the seed feeders and the deer do also, but I don’t mind. Some of our squirrels are Abert’s and they are really cool animals.

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