City Tanager

Yesterday at 9-10:30 am on November 27, 2016, I went to City Hall Park in Manhattan to see the vagrant female Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) that I heard about on social media.

City Hall Park 11/26/2016
City Hall Park 11/26/2016

It is amazing how many unusual birds find their way to NYC. This robin sized bird drinks sap in holes made by a local Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. I also observed it hawking for insects. There were at least 30 birders there on Saturday morning peering up into the large trees.

Western Tanager, City Hall Park 11/26/2016
Western Tanager, City Hall Park 11/26/2016

A local American Kestrel showed up and the birds laid low.

American Kestral, City Hall 11/26/2016
American Kestrel, City Hall 11/26/2016


9 thoughts on “City Tanager

  1. Jet Eliot 2016-11-28 / 11:01 am

    What a treat to find the western tanager here! I never tire of finding western tanagers. And I really like the kestrel photo, Sherry — really fun.

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  2. fernwoodnursery 2016-11-28 / 8:23 am

    Hello, Enjoying your blog and photographs. My friend who grew up here in rural Maine ( a neighbor of mine) left Maine after college to run Audubon tours in Central Park. I am always amazed at the bird life he encounters! It is wonderful to know people are enjoying the flora and fauna of the NYC parks. Enjoy your day!


    • Sherry Felix 2016-11-28 / 8:50 am

      Thank you for dropping by. I have some friends in Maine, Abby Shahn is one, near Solon and know lots of birders in NYC. What’s the name of the birder you knew?


  3. Eliza Waters 2016-11-27 / 5:36 pm

    How ironic that the kestrel rests upon the head of Justice! Great shots, Sherry.


  4. Judith 2016-11-27 / 1:14 pm

    Not an easy bird to spot among the golden autumn leaves.


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