I was tapping away on my keyboard in my office yesterday and saw the most beautiful bird land on the feeder. I’d never seen one like it, so of course, immediately posted the photo on Facebook for my birder friends to weigh in.
The consensus is that this is a Summer Tanager – a young male – but apparently, it’s very rare for one to be this far north. From what I understand, they don’t generally venture as far north as Michigan. Here’s a bit about them at All About Birds, the website of The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Have you seen a Summer Tanager in Michigan? Leave thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of this story.