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Critter of the Month


Critter of the Month - JULY

Summer Tanager

The Summer Tanager is more often heard than seen as it likes to sing from high up in the canopy of the hardwood forest. Male summer tanagers are the only all red songbird in Tennessee in spring and summer, females and young birds are yellow. Once you learn their unique song, picky,tucky-tuck you will easily be able to identify this bird by it's song.

Summer Tanagers breed across teh southern United States to northern Mexico, and northward to southern Iowa and New Jersey. They spend their winters in Central and northern South America, arriving here in Tennessee in late spring and departing in October.

Summer Tanager eat insects, especially bees and wasps. You may get the chance to watch them catch a bee or wasp, and repeatedly smash it against a tree branch killing the insect and then removing the stinger before swolling it it whole.



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