Saturday, December 9, 2017

RBA: SUMMMER TANAGER in Vancouver - Dec 9/17-April 20/18

At 8:25am on Dec 9th-2017, Wendy Kahle found an immature male Summer Tanager (red feathers appear on the bird's face and back) at her home near W 71st Ave in Vancouver. The bird has a bill deformity but is coming to her suet feeder on her patio in her backyard. The bird can be viewed from the public lane (Avery Ave), behind the property. It may also be possible to view it from the Arbutus greenway. Please do not trespass on her property or in the townhouse complex. Please be respectful of private property.

Map to where to stand to view her patio feeder HERE.

The bird has not been seen since April 20th.

This is the 6th record for the province of BC and 1st for Metro Vancouver.

This bird has received a lot of media attention and you can read/watch news stories on it HERE, HEREHERE , HERE and HERE.

Imm. Male Summer Tanager with bill deformity in Vancouver - Photo: Liron Gertsman
Imm. Male Summer Tanager with bill deformity in Vancouver - Photo: Melissa Hafting

1 comment:

  1. Hi Melissa! I live in Montréal, Québec and a few weeks ago we noticed a female Summer Tanager coming to our feeders -- although she should have migrated long ago. She's quite daring and seems really taken with us; so much so that she's even fed right out of both my daughter's and my hands! I'd love to send you a picture and learn how we can best help her! You can reach me at