Male Scarlet Tanagers seem almost too bright and exotic for northeastern woodlands. These birds are fairly common in oak forests in summer, but they often remain out of sight as they forage in the leafy upper branches. Sometimes in spring, when the Scarlet Tanagers have just arrived from their winter home in South America, a late freeze will force them out in the open as they search for insects on roadsides or in gardens. Read more about the Scarlet Tanager at audubon.org
I had the fortune to glimpse a male Scarlet Tanager earlier this spring while walking along a wooded path. I happened to look up at the right time and spied his vibrant red body standing out from the lush green leaves of a maple tree.