Originally posted on Pearl St. Gallery:
I spotted this Western Tanager as it swooped from its’perch and caught a black jacket wasp .
A western counterpart to the Scarlet Tanager, this species occurs in summer farther north than any other tanager — far up into northwestern Canada. Western Tanagers nest in coniferous forests of the north and the high mountains, but during migration they may show up in any habitat, including grassland and desert; the bright males often draw attention by pausing in suburban yards in late spring. (Audubon)
Sleeping Indian. Looking into the east, Sheep Mountain dominates the horizon over The National Elk Refuge. Better known as Sleeping Indian, the mountain’s outline resembles an Indian with feet to the north and arms crossed on his chest and a full headdress at the southern end of the ridge.
With record-breaking snow fall this winter, wildlife wanders through town looking for lunch.