Friday, May 13, 2022

A yellow Scarlet Tanager!


A yellow Scarlet Tanager! I saw this bird from afar, and my first impression was Baltimore Oriole. A quick glance through the bins proved that wrong. He allowed me to approach for shots, but never would move his head from behind that grapevine before flying into denser cover and vanishing. It's a male, and apparently he has some genetic anomaly that altered the process of changing the carotenoid-driven coloration from brilliant red to yellow. It surely was a striking bird. Magee Marsh, Lucas County, Ohio, May 10, 2022.

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