[CT Birds] Probable Western Tanager

VITALI PETER E vitali_peter_e at sbcglobal.net
Sat Aug 29 10:18:10 EDT 2009

Hamden, Ct 
Backyard feeder
Sterling Place 
I am not positive that it is a Western Tanager but this is the closest to what I saw for a few brief second on a feeder in my backyard that I could find in Sibley"s Guide to Birds.
At first I thought it was a goldfinch because the body was so yellow and there were goldfinches at the feeder.
Then it dawn on me that this bird had a red-orange head so it could not be a gold finch.
It was the size of some house sparrows which were on another feeder.
I though it was a aberrant gold finch because it had black wings with a white bar through it with the bright yellow body.
when I went to get my camera I made some noise and all the birds flew away.  It has not returned.
I just wanted to let birders in the Hamden Laural View Country Club area to be on the lookout for it.

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