Last Friday, while turkey hunting in West Virginia, I heard my first scarlet tanager of the year. Stopping hunting for a while, I tried to spot the bright red body and black wings of this typical late arriving migratory bird. But I could not, so I continued on my way.
Sunday while hosting friend Doak Harbison and my son Mark on my family's Sinking Creek land in Craig County, a scarlet tanager suddenly flew down from its typical tree tops habitat and lit on a branch at eye level. Doak and Mark had never seen a tanager before and wanted to know what it was. The scarlet tanager definitely has the ability to dazzle.