This bird is a rarity in Florida. She has been hanging around a fig tree in Pinellas County, FL, on the Gulf Coast in the central part of the state. What species is she? -SLB
Could this be a Scarlet Tanager?
Sorry, I meant: Could this be a *Western* Tanager?
How did you get this so fast? In your area?
Dumb luck, I guess. And yes, these are in my area. But here were the two clues that worked for me: 1) This could have been an oriole of some sort, except the bill was the wrong shape and especially colour; 2) Once I settled on a tanager, the wing bars visible in the less clear shot told me it had to be a WETA.
I have seen these in Thomasville Georgia the past week also. Perhaps the winter storm last week brought them in?
Here in my area, central west coast, I hear about cold fronts and western winds blowing migrants in.