Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Scarlet Tanager Bathing in a Stream (video)

Posted by Kirk

This male Scarlet Tanager has been taunting me all summer. It shows up a couple of times each week while I am teaching summer camp at work. He comes to take a bath in the stream that runs just outside the window. I actually figure he probably shows up every day but since I'm not glued to the window I one see him now and then. It is pretty spectacular to have this beautiful neotropic migrant showing up with some regularity out my classroom window. I'm a lucky man.

I've been trying to get a photo or even some video but either I don't have my camera or all the kids rushing to the window scare him away each time. Today was different. I just happened to have a camera within reach and he landed right behind me out the window while I taught. All the kids gasped and a couple even nailed the ID right away which I found impressive. I immediately dropped my lesson mid sentence and we all crept to the window.

I finally had my video.



Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Wonderful video! I'm glad you were able to catch it bathing.