20-B-2018 Summer Tanager

STATUS
In 1st Round
HOW MANY OBSERVED?
One female
DATE SIGHTING OCCURRED
DATE REPORT PREPARED
REPORTER
Chuck Trost
OTHER OBSERVERS
Tracy Payne
LOCALITY OF OBSERVATION
The “Straight-a-way” in Camas NWR
HABITAT WHERE THE BIRD WAS OBSERVED
In mature cottonwoods along a canal, about fifty feet up.
SIGHTING DURATION, CONDITIONS, and EQUIPMENT USED
About five minutes on a clear, warm and calm afternoon. Zeus’s 8X42 binoculars.
DID YOU TAKE NOTES?
Yes, later the same day
DID YOU CONSULT A FIELD GUIDE OR OTHER REFERENCE WORK?
Yes, later the same day
WHICH GUIDE(S) OR REFERENCE(S): DID YOU CONSULT?
National Geograpgic guide, as soon as I got back to my car, also Sibley’s Western Guide.
DESCRIPTION OF THE BIRD(s)
It was an all yellow bird, with the wings somewhat darker than the body. The bill looked large, and was light (whiteish) colored. There were several Western Tanagers nearby, and this bird looked slightly larger.
BEHAVIOR OF THE BIRD(s)
It was foraging slowly about fifty feet up in a mature cottonwood. I did not hear any calls.
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE BIRD, AND WHAT CLINCHED THE IDENTIFICATION FOR YOU?
It was an all yellow Tanager, and the bill size and color clinched the ID for me.
HOW DID YOU ELIMINATE SIMILAR SPECIES? WHAT WERE THEY?
Female Hepatic Tanagers have a dark bill, Female Scarlet Tanagers have darker wings, female Western Tanagers have wing bars.
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS (AND SIMILAR) SPECIES?
This was my first sighting for Idaho, but I have seen this species several times in Arizona and Texas.
DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL BIRDING EXPERIENCE
I have been Birding for over seventy years, and consider myself to have considerable expertise.
WERE PHOTO(S), VIDEO, AND/OR AUDIO OBTAINED FROM THIS SIGHTING?
None