At 4 PM yesterday (thur.) Dave Fitch (from Liverpool) and I found the WESTERN 
TANAGER in a tall Wee Stinky Glen tree close to the sidewalk that runs between 
the creek and the berm over the campus store. It was eating a lot of dull 
orange dried fruit in the tree. I don't think that tall a tree could be a crab 
apple, so I don't know what kind of tree it is. (But I am no tree expert).
I agree with Alicia, that the bird is hard to spot and ID when he is sitting 
still.
We got good looks by standing on top of the berm over the underground Cornell 
Store.

Donna Scott
Lansing


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[mailto:bounce-120282457-15001...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Alicia Plotkin
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Western tanager still here

Thanks to Liisa, at 10:25 this morning I was able to spot him in the two 
smallish trees just west of the benches in Wee Stinky Glen.  He was eating some 
of the dessicated fruit in one tree (crab apple?), then went down to the water 
to get a drink, then flew back up and spent quite awhile in the tree with small 
yellow flowers (cornellian cherry?) preening and sunning himself.  When he 
isn't moving, he can be surprisingly hard to spot - only his breast is brightly 
colored - but he is completely lovely!

Thanks also to Vanessa Ng who posted such a great description of the pattern of 
his movements a week or two ago - he must have read her post, he followed it to 
a 'T'.

Alicia

On 3/17/2016 12:50 PM, Liisa S. Mobley wrote:
> At 10:15 am, the bird was sitting in the little tree in the courtyard by the 
> back entrance to the Cornell store, in the sunshine.  I seem to find him most 
> often in sunny areas; I don't know if he's just easier to spot, as the yellow 
> feathers glow more brightly, or if he likes to sun himself.
> -Liisa
>


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