Flame-colored Tanager at Sheridan Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on April 30, 2023

After reading some reports late Saturday night of Western Tanager reported that was misidentified and now was considered a Flame-colored Tanager sounded very exciting. From what I heard this species had only been reported a couple times in the south western US, Arizona and Texas so it is so very far out of it’s normal range. This bird lives in Mexico. The location was Sheridan Park so getting down there at sun up seemed like the thing to do. Could it still be there the next day? It was! After walking the bluff at the park with a few other birder for 1 1/2 hours the female bird was re-found.  It gave nice views eating gnats along the bluff in trees looking down. What a big event! Life bird 373 for my Wisconsin list! It was a dark cloudy day and stiff winds off the lake from the east, temps around 38 degrees. Images were taken on April 30, 2023.

Hopping around in Sumac just below the bluff eating gnats…

The bird was always looking for the next gnat…

Looking up for a gnat…

Just before leaving the branch for a gnat…

Back view…

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

5 Responses to Flame-colored Tanager at Sheridan Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on April 30, 2023

  1. Dennis Kuecherer says:

    Very nice. I wish I could get down there.

  2. Gisela says:

    Great photos, Jim! What fun to see that bird and so many birders this morning.

  3. Myles says:

    Fantastic Jim!

  4. Annie says:

    How spectacular!!!

  5. Kathi Johnson Rock says:

    Great photos Jim. Awesome that you could see this special bird in person!!

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