Birding and natural history in the New York City region - primarily.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
An early April Summer Tanager
On my April 12 AMNH Central Park bird walk, one of my regulars, Diane George, asked me if I could identify a bird she had photographed on Long Island the previous week. She showed me some pictures on her smartphone taken on Friday, April 7 in Kings Park, Long Island. Unfortunately, I couldn't be sure of what the bird was from looking at the pictures on the small screen of her phone. I asked her to email them to me so I could get a better view on my computer in the office. She did later in the day and I was able to identify the bird as a Summer Tanager!. It is not a record early date for the species locally, but it is very early and the first that I have heard of in the NYC area this spring. A couple of the pictures are below.