We've made a new friend this week, a beautiful red summer tanager. She constantly tap-tap-taps against the Happy Room top window, eating all the pesky wasps that dearly love our wooden house. I've tried in vain to get a good photo of her, but the instant she sees me, she flies far across the field. She makes me doubly happy--not only does she eat the wasps, but I'd never seen a tanager before and was so pleased to find her!
Another new friend was clearly not shy, sitting fat and unperturbed, in the crook of a tree off the deck, while we crowded around her, snapping photos and holding the bird book up against her beautiful buff-colored feathers, trying to identify her. She's huge, compared to the other birds who grace our feeder, and I waited for the branch she sat on to snap!
To no avail. I've never seen a bird this color before. She isn't white, but is instead the beautiful buff color of a Buff Orpington chicken. Actually, when I spied her through my bedroom window, I was sure a banty buff chicken had flown the coop and into the tree!
Her only marking is the black band behind her neck. I think she's a type of dove, but I can't seem to find one that looks like her. If you know what she is, please share!
Summer is clearly upon us, with the beautiful bluebirds swooping down over the fields in the evenings, and cardinals grazing off the ground beneath our feeders. The barred owls are loud as ever at night, calling across the creek to each other, and I am, once again, thankful for this place we call home.