Thursday, September 6, 2012

Puzzled


We've seen this bird in our bird feeder a few times this summer,

and we can't identify it from our bird book.
























































It's made good use of the birdbath, too, and dripping wet in the sunlight,

it's colors are more intense.



























We're guessing it's about the size of a blue jay, or maybe a little smaller.

Hope somebody can help us out on this.







8 comments:

Sandra said...

What an unusual bird, Connie. I've never seen one like this either! I love that ruffled bird in the bird-bath shot!

Marco Alpha said...

Hello Connie,
Very beautiful shots!! The first shot has a fantastic light to the bird. Well done!!

Many greetings,
Marco

Horst in Edmonton said...

Hi Connie, I haven't seen a bird like this before but with such beautiful colors I am guessing that it could be from a warmer climate like mexico or even Central America, blown further north by the last tropical storm. With such a solid or thick bill, it could be a seed eater. Where ever it comes from, it is a bonus for you to see it at your feeders and bird bath. Great photos of this bird by the way.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Hmm, I have to look this one up tomorrow, cannot get to my trusty guidebook right now. I have seen one of these around here before too I think, only mine stayed up higher in the trees 2, or 3 years ago. Gorgeous bird!

Sharon K said...

Connie, I think your beautiful bird is a female summer tanager. (I love birds but am not an expert at identifying though.) I have read that males can be of duller colors, similar to the females, in higher elevations such as the Andes.
Thank you for capturing this moment for all of us to enjoy.

Pat said...

I love the birdbath shot!

Jennifer Richardson said...

some kind of grosbeak?
whatever it is, such a beauty!
that color...swoon.
love in your looking,
Jennifer

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

I've seen them too, Connie, but never before this year. I haven't managed to photograph them. You did a great job. Lovely.