As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday 28 December 2017

Wayward summer tanager makes first appearance on record in Vancouver

Published on: December 11, 2017 | Last Updated: December 11, 2017 10:08 AM PST

A wayward summer tanager is being observed for the first time in Metro Vancouver — and is attracting a throng of birders from around the region.

This particular summer tanager is an immature male and should be wintering in much warmer climes to the south, but it showed up Saturday morning in Wendy Kahle’s backyard is southwest Vancouver.

The colourful bird has only been recorded six times in B.C. and never before in Metro Vancouver, according to the B.C. Rare Bird Alert website.

“I put some peanuts out as I do every day,” Kahle said. “I glanced out and noticed it was very different from all the other birds I usually see.”

She took a photo and posted it on a birding Facebook page, where it was quickly identified and posted on the rare bird website. Within a couple of hours birders were showing up to view the bird on her property, but from the perspective of the Arbutus Greenway or Avery Avenue, near Southwest Marine Drive.

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