Yes...you aren't seeing things. Really!!!
This Summer Tanager has been living in North Saanich for a few months instead of spending his usual winter in South America. These birds are rarely seen North of Southern California in any season, so quite a shocker to have one here.
I want to give a special Thank You to the kind people who are caretaking this misplaced avian beauty and thank you for allowing me to wander around your property to click a few images.
These photos were taken today January 14th, just at the end of an extreme cold snap. Currently its still -5C
Thank you also to Karen (visiting here from Vancouver) who spotted this Scarlet beauty and pointed out its hiding spot way up in a thick Cedar.. I would have never seen this bird if not for these folks. So appreciated... God Bless....
Photo above is a full framed image looking up to the tree to give perspective on what I was seeing... Quite a tangle of branches!
This Red Breasted Sapsucker above was giving quite a show this morning while we searched for the Summer Tanager
Below, a teeny tiny Kinglet sporting his Ruby crown flitted about and finally paused for 2 seconds allowing me to get this photo.
Summer 2023.. I just received notice that my blog has been awarded a distinction of being one of the top 10 photography blogs in Canada.
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