Summer Tanagers in Soledad Canyon
- Zev Labinger and I found a "pair" of Summer Tanagers in
Soledad Cyn near the US Forest Service campground that is a
few miles east of Agua Dulce road.
The male [which I found] was 1.7 km upstream of the
campground @ 1 km east of "Rio Groceries" in the river bottom
cottonwoods. He was calling "chucky-tucks" and insect catching
when first observed; he came to within 20 feet having responded
to "pishing" - and got his photo taken...
The female [which Zev found] was a few hundred meters
downstream of the campground; she was observed carrying,
then dropping, nesting material. The birds were both found
around 10 am, so apparently unrelated... at that point in time...
I posted a photo of the male in the "Blackbirds" folder in Photos
section. [let me know if this is the "correct" phylogenetic folder
into which it should be placed -- I learned birds in a different
"order" than they are now recognized by AOU and others]. Also, if
anyone can tell, please let me know, if it is possible to tell from a
photo, if this is the "expected" potentially breeding SUTA, or a
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