Western Tanager

1/800s at f8.0, ISO:1000, Canon EOS-1D X w/800mm, x1.4 converter m, 1.4x converter

The Western Tanager is a medium sized American songbird. The species plumage and vocalizations are similar to other members of the cardinal family. Their breeding habitat is coniferous or mixed woods across western North America from the Mexico U.S. border as far north as southern Alaska; thus they are the northernmost-breeding tanager. They build a flimsy cup nest on a horizontal tree branch, usually in a conifer. They lay four bluish-green eggs with brown spots. These birds migrate, wintering from central Mexico to Costa Rica. Some also winter in southern California.
Boulder County, CO