Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea Camden State Park Minnesota May 18, 2016
Faith and I went for a hike at Camden State Park. We were searching for the Rose Breasted Grosbeak but we didn't find it this day. Instead we got some great video of what I think is a Scarlet Tanager. I hope you enjoy the video and some information from the Sibley Bird Book below. The video is funny because you can hear children screaming in the background :D
The Western Tanager and Scarlet Tanager are two species of small tanagers that are closely related but are usually easily distinguished by plumage and voice. Both are found in a variety of wooded habitats.
Slightly short-tailed than Western; uniform green upperside unlike Western and Summer.
Voice: Song of about five phrases in fairly rapid, continuous series; pattern reminiscent of American Robin but phrases hoarse, notes more slurred. Call a hard chik-brrr; may give single or double chik note without brr. Flight call a clear whistle puwi.
Occasional individuals are orange and/or show colored median coverts.
Sibley, D. A. The Sibley Guide to Birds. New York City: Chanticleer Press, Inc. (2000): 463.