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"Western Tanager"
Western Tanager:    The Western Tanager was discovered by Lewis and Clark on June 6, 1806, while at Camp Chopunnish, on the Clearwater River, Idaho. Captain Lewis wrote: "... we meet with a beautifull little bird in this neighbourhood about the size and somewhat the shape of the large sparrow ... the plumage is remarkably delicate; that of the neck and head is of a fine orrange yellow and red ...". In the early 1800s the Western Tanager was was called the "Louisana Tanager" as it was discovered in what was then the Louisiana Purchase.


"... This bird ... [was] discovered, in the remote regions of Louisiana, by an exploring party under the command of Captain George Merriwether Lewis, and Lieutenant, now General, William Clark, in their memorable expedition across the continent to the Pacific Ocean. ... [It is] entitled to a distinguished place in the pages of AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY, both as being, till now, altogether unknown to naturalists, and as [native] of what is, or at least will be, and that at not distant period, part of the western territory of the United States. ..."   [Alexander Wilson, 1828, "American Ornithology", vol.II, p.219]

 
May ... Mount Tabor, Portland, Oregon ...

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Western Tanager, male, Mount Tabor, Portland, Oregon. Nice sunny spring day. Image taken May 10, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


May ... Fisher's Landing, Vancouver, Washington ...

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Western Tanager, male, Fishers Landing, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken May 14, 2008. Sony H50.
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Western Tanager, male, Fishers Landing, Vancouver, Washington. Left image taken May 14, 2008, right image taken May 15, 2008, Sony H50.
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Western Tanager, male, Fishers Landing, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken May 15, 2008. Sony H50.
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Western Tanager, male, Fishers Landing, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken May 15, 2008. Sony H50.


May ... Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington ...

Image, 2010, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington, click to enlarge
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Western Tanager, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Day overcast and gray, some drizzle. Image taken May 16, 2010. Canon Rebel, 300z.


May ... Vanport Wetlands, Portland, Oregon ... "gray morph" female ...

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Western Tanager, female, "gray morph", Vanport Wetlands, Portland, Oregon. On/off sunny morning. Image taken May 17, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Western Tanager, female, "gray morph", Vanport Wetlands, Portland, Oregon. On/off sunny morning. Image taken May 17, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


May ... Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington ...

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Western Tanager, male, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington. Image taken May 17, 2017. Nikon P900.


May ... Vancouver, Washington

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Western Tanager, female, Vancouver, Washington. Gray and overcast. Image taken May 27, 2010. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


May ... Vancouver, Washington ...

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Western Tanager, male, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken May 31, 2010. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Western Tanager, male, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken May 31, 2010. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


June ... Lacamas Lake, Washington ...

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Western Tanager, male, Lacamas Lake, Washington. Image taken June 4, 2008. Sony H50.


June ... Conboy Lake NWR, Washington ...

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Western Tanager, male (left) and female (right), Conboy Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken June 5, 2010. Canon Rebel, 300mm.


June ... Ridgefield NWR, Washington ...

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Western Tanager, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, June 9, 2009.

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August ... Vancouver, Washington ...

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Western Tanager, male, Vancouver, Washington. Left image taken August 8, 2010, Canon EOS 7d, 400mm. Right image taken May 30, 2011, Fuji s100fs, taken through double-paned picture window.


September ... Vancouver, Washington ...

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Western Tanager, female, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken September 1, 2014. Canon Rebel, 300z.


September ... Lacamas Lake, Washington ...

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Western Tanager, female, Lacamas Lake, Washington. Image taken September 17, 2008. Canon Rebel, 200mm.



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