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Scarlet Tanager

May 11, 2009 by Wil Hershberger

We have a pair of scarlet tanagers nesting on our property. I am not certain where the nest is yet but, the male is singing everyday from the same area. It is great to hear their song again this year. A Cornell study of woodland birds indicated that Scarlet tanagers are particularly sensitive to forest fragmentation. Perhaps as the wooded areas in eastern NA mature this species will make a come back. It is important that existing forests remain intact with a minimum of road construction and linked as much as possible with other nearby wooded areas. If large woodland corridors can be developed and maintain we might just see a resurgence of these woodland species.

Male Scarlet Tanager ©Wil Hershberger All Rights Reserved

Male Scarlet Tanager ©Wil Hershberger All Rights Reserved

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