This bird has been coming to my feeder for a week now and prefers a pine cone that I covered in crunchy peanut butter and rolled in mixed seed. I've been feeding birds for some 30 years and this one is a first for me but I realize it may be a common bird in other regions.

I live in Dieppe on Marguerite St near Fox Creek. The photo was taken with a Nikkon with the zoom lens fully extended so there is a certain amount fuzziness, plus I had to crop it to bring it under 5 megs.

Comments would be appreciated.

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It looks like a Tanager species. Given the hint of red, with some blackening on the wings, I think it may be a young male Scarlet Tanager. Scarlet tanagers take two full years to get their adult plumage, so "young" is a relative term here. Let's see what others say.

Well, having had a long look at the Sibley's guide, the bill size and dark loral line may suggest Summer Tanager instead. I am personally uncertain (beyond my skill level), but am now leaning towards Summer T. I am most interested in what others will say (and why).

I'm with you for Summer Tanager, Denis, related to the overall appearance of the bird as well as the eyering and bill.

Thank you all for your input on this. Looking at his big belly I thought it might have been from the towhee family. Is this a common bird in our region?

Great photo, Guy! As Denis has suggested this is a Summer Tanager, either an adult female or a year-old male. They nest to the south and west of us and a few displaced individuals show up annually in spring and autumn in New Brunswick. This autumn has seen an unusually large number with multiples on Grand Manan and others at Campbellton, Bouctouche, Cape Tormentine and Hampton (probably others I haven't heard about).

Thank you Stuart. I really enjoy watching this little bird. If he sticks around I hope the coming winter is not too hard on him.

Hopefully he/she will build up enough fat reserves to head back south. None that have tried to winter here in the past have managed to survive past December. Is that a suet cake the bird is perched on? Suet should provide the energy they need since insects are rather scarce these days.

That particular feeder in the photo is crunchy peanut butter and seed but I have seen it on a nearby suet feeder. I'll make sure he has enough to eat for the trip south. Thanks again Stuart.


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