Summer Tanager Female

It has been a while, yet this bird is one of the regulars in my garden, though I’ve had to go other places to see and photograph the male, who is strikingly solid red! See my collection of Summer Tangers Gallery. Or you can read about them on eBird. They are found everywhere from southern Canada to northern South America.

Summer Tanager Female, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica

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Tanagers at Maquenque

Here’s either 4 or 5 species of Tanagers I photographed at Maquenque Ecolodge and the reason for the uncertainty is that one photo is of a baby or young juvenile and one can’t be certain of the species unless with its mom.  🙂 Many different baby Tanagers will look like this . . .

Here’s the baby first and I would guess either Blue-gray or Palm Tanager which adults outnumbered the other Tanagers. But face is similar to the Yellow-winged, so not certain!  🙂

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The Tanager in My Nance Tree

This female Summer Tanager seems to live in or near my garden, as I have been seeing her feeding and resting in my Nance Tree for months now. A regularly visiting bird seems like an old friend and I’m glad she likes the flowers, seeds, and fruit of this tree at different times of the year.

Summer Tanager female, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica

See my different Summer Tanager photos from around the year here in Atenas and from 3  other parts of Costa Rica in my Summer Tanager GALLERY. Always more females than the bright red males.

¡Pura Vida!

Blog post DATE “disclaimer” or “truth in reporting” :   When writing so many posts about my Tortuguero visit in February, I gradually had several days worth ahead, up to two weeks worth, and so now the “daily sharings” from my little casita garden and walks through Atenas, Alajuela Provincia, Costa Rica are being written several days ahead of time. For example, this post was written on March 2. And if I have a down day with no post, the flow will continue!  🙂  My life of being “Retired in Costa” is almost daily recorded in my blog posts and totally collected in my Photo Gallery by subjects and trip galleries. Sharing photos of my interactions with nature is my life now as displayed in that online gallery.

THANK YOU for following my blog and your interest in my retirement life and photography! It has been a real joy now for more than eight years and there’s more to come! The website stats say I have 473  blog subscribers plus the 650 friends on Facebook that receive a link and the stats say that beyond reading the email notice and Facebook link photo, my blog website gets over 2,000 visits a month, with 28 comments and 218 “Likes” which only other WordPress bloggers can give. So blogging my retirement love of nature in Costa Rica has been very fulfilling and fun for me! And I was surprised at how many people in Costa Rica follow the blog when a large number showed up at the December JIT Art Show! That was a real joy! And that will continue this year as my only one time a year to sell photos in person.

I am not in business to sell my photos (It’s a hobby!), though they are always available in many formats through my gallery with only a dollar “markup” for me, plus in photo books in my Bookstore (also with only $1 markup), and a few novelty items in my CafePress shop (also with only $1 markup). So shop online if you like my photos!  🙂  Available for your pleasure, not my profit!   🙂

Summer Tanager Female

I’m starting to see more birds in my garden trees now with yesterday and today including a Keel-billed Toucan, Squirrel Cuckoo, Gray-headed Chachalaca, White-winged Dove, Red-billed Pigeon, Clay-colored Thrush, Great Kiskadee. Rufous-naped Wren, and today a Summer Tanager Female which was the only decent photo I got. Here’s three shots of her at different angles . . .

Summer Tanager Female, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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A Queenly Female Summer Tanager

I was impressed by the “Queenly” look of this female Summer Tanager in my garden the other day. She looks so stately and regal, holding her head up properly like Queen Elizabeth does. I keep seeing these females with no bright red males around. So I’m wondering if maybe she is a resident here and the migrants haven’t arrived yet? But then surely with resident females there would also be some resident males? 🙂

Summer Tanager female, Atenas, Costa Rica

And below she is looking straight at me, like she’s asking me, “Who are you and what do you think you’re doing?” 🙂 . . .

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Another Summer Tanager Female

I know that it was only a couple of weeks ago when I shared another one of these (maybe the same one?), but this one hung around after breakfast the other morning longer than any other bird and I had fun trying to capture her in the shadows of the Cecropia Tree. Here’s 3 of my efforts . . .

Summer Tanager Female, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica.
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Summer Tanager Female

This migrant is appropriately named for Costa Rica since they are always here during our Summer or September to May. The males are uniformly red all over while the females vary from light yellow to a dirty yellow or gold with sometimes brown on the head and wings. Read about the Summer Tanager on eBird or see my Summer Tanager Gallery with photos from other areas of Costa Rica. They breed in North America during the North American Summer then spend Sept-May south from Mexico to northern South America, our summer! 🙂 Thus the name fits both regions during the times there.

Summer Tanager female, Atenas, Costa Rica
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Tanagers at Sarapiquí

Summer Tanager
Selva Verde Lodge Sarapiquí, Chilamate, Costa Rica

Yellow-winged Tanager
Selva Verde Lodge Sarapiquí, Chilamate, Costa Rica

Blue-gray Tanager
Selva Verde Lodge Sarapiquí, Chilamate, Costa Rica

Palm Tanager
Selva Verde Lodge Sarapiquí, Chilamate, Costa Rica

Passerini’s Tanager
Selva Verde Lodge Sarapiquí, Chilamate, Costa Rica

Gray-headed Tanager
Selva Verde Lodge Sarapiquí, Chilamate, Costa Rica

See also my Photo Gallery of Costa Rica Birds

My 8 Tanagers in Nicaragua

Of course there are many more tanagers in Nicaragua, but this is what I photographed:

Golden-hooded Tanager, El Jaguar Nature Reserve, Nicaragua
Note in next photo how different the same bird can look!
Golden-hooded Tanager, Selva Negra Mountain Resort, Nicaragua
I know it looks a little different, but is the same species as above.
Crimson-collared Tanager, El Jaguar Nature Reserve, Nicaragua
Yellow-winged Tanager, Selva Negra Mountain Resort, Nicaragua
Summer Tanager, Montibelli Nature Reserve, Nicaragua
Yellow-crowned Euphonia, Selva Negra Mountain Resort, Nicaragua
Passerini’s Tanager, El Jaguar Nature Reserve, Nicaragua
Gray-headed Tanager, El Jaguar Nature Reserve, Nicaragua
Blue-gray Tanager, El Jaguar Nature Reserve, Nicaragua

Sorry for a repeat of the Crimson-collared Tanager, but this tanager collection wouldn’t be complete without it and it is my favorite shot of the whole trip as stated earlier! And apologies for some pretty poor photos here, but my bird collection is primary over photo quality.  🙂

I am really pleased with this collection of 8 different species of tanagers in Nicaragua since I only have 3 species in my Costa Rica Birds collection! Soon there will be a separate photo gallery of my Nicaragua birds and I’ll eventually do the same for Panama, Guatemala and Mexico.  A Central America collection!  🙂
Read About Tanagers on Wikipedia where you will learn it is the largest family of neotropical birds with about 240 or 12% of all our birds down here! Many are very colorful!