Lives in western conifer forests and coast ranges
during the late spring and summer. In winter Western tanager moves
south to Mexico and Central America, or
slums in the parks and suburbs in the winter . In our Santa
Margarita nursery we are seeing them all year. Western Tanager eats
bugs and berries. The bugs are mostly from the canopy, bark, leaves and
twigs of conifers or in midair.
Western Tanager is a strong flier, picking off insects in
or foraging upside down in conifers looking for bugs that are tasty.
Western Tanager wanders around the nursery looking lost and gun
shy. Both the male and female appear to be intelligent since they fly
away whenever a human gets close enough to take a picture.
noticed the male taking a bath in one of the puddles in a driveway as I
was driving one the nursery trucks. The nursery trucks have cracked
windshields that only get clean when we can't see the road. Mr. Tanager
was fine as long as the camera and I were on the other side of the
dirty glass, once the camera came out he was gone.
a cute innocent bird. The Western Tanager really liked the Prunus virginiana
melanocarpa Black Chokecherry..