Seasons, Starry Skies, Birds and a Mystery


In areas of the world where seasons occur, the signs of change are obvious: the first purple bud pushing through melting snow; the first firefly in the warming night; the first colored leaf to fall. In every season there is a mystery and majesty. More majesty is in a baby’s laughter, an elder’s wisdom, and the vast universe splayed across the starry sky. The earth has changed during eons of time. No matter how much humans discover, there is more we do not know and places only faith can take us. Be at peace with the mystery. ~ DailyWord

I have a mystery in which I am not at peace. Perhaps those who read this can help me out. Does anyone know what kind of bird is in the picture? I zoomed in and couldn’t steady the camera enough to get a clear shot. Can you make it out? It was a myriad of colors, red, yellow, green. This bird sang and sang over my head yesterday and even stayed there for me when I went to fetch the camera. Any ideas, or do IΒ  need to be at peace with the mystery?



    1. Hi Jen. Yes, it really is wonderful to have this blogging community. I did get my answer and learned something new. Thank you for reading and commenting.


  1. Lori, I’m late to this but smiling away at the bird and its singing … birdsong is a wonderful free gift from the natural world! πŸ˜€ How accommodating of it to wait for you to fetch a camera! I’m glad you’re getting so much help with identifying the bird … cardinals are new to me! I can recognise the normal thrushes robins, green finches, blue tits in the garden but struggle after that! Happy Weekend! 🌺🌻

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    1. I never appreciated bird songs when I was younger, but I sure do now. It’s ironic how birds take flight and yet their songs ground me. And yes, I’m grateful to get help on this bird. I learned that it is a Tanager bird. They area vividly colorful. I’m so lucky it came to visit.

      Happy weekend to you, too. πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi Lynette. Two people readers solved the mystery for me. The bird is a Tanager. My first time seeing and hearing of one. I looked it up and that’s what I saw. They are vividly colorful. Have a nice weekend.

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  2. The body looks like a cardinal, Lori. But I’ve never seen one with hints of green, although the juvenile females might look greenish if the sunlight is hitting it a certain way. There’s a cardinal that sits on our neighbors roof, at the highest peak and sings really loud for an hour or so each day. He’s so happy!

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    1. Hi Jill. JM and Laura Bruno solved my mystery. It was a Tanager. I looked it up and that’s what I saw. We have a couple of cardinals around here, too. I don’t even have a bird feeder and I’m awed at these different types of birds. First time to see (or hear of) a Tanager for me.

      Thanks for your input. Have a great weekend.

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  3. My guess is that it’s a type of Tanager because oft he multicolors you mentioned. Cardinals are basically red with variants of that color…and females are dull brownish red, so nix them IMHO!
    The Tanager population around where I live is shared with Cardinals, so the differences are more easily identified. For the record, I never saw them on such a regular basis until I moved to SC…and yes, there are species that extend north and west of here.
    Enjoy your mystery!

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    1. Hi Laura. This was definitely not a cardinal, and it’s a mystery no more! You and one other solved it for me. I looked up Tanagers and that’s exactly what I witnessed. They are beautifully colored. I’ve never seen those around here before. I hope they continue to hang out.

      Thank you for solving my mystery. Now I can rest easy. Have a great weekend. πŸ™‚

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  4. I can see why you said you were frustrated with the blurriness of the bird in your photo. That happens to me when the camera wants to focus on the branches instead of the bird.I’m far from an expert, but maybe you need to have the bird centered first when you press the shutter halfway down, and then move the camera to frame the shot you want before clicking the rest of the way. I know I ran into that problem when I was trying to take a picture of a raccoon in a tree and the camera kept focusing on little branches between the raccoon and me.
    And my bird guess? Maybe an oriole???

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    1. Hi Anneli. Thanks for the tips. I debated between the one I posted and another one that is centered. I decided that this was a teensy bit better. I’m so stupid with this camera. I even had it on manual setting, but I can’t figure out how to do manual focus. If I could’ve focused it myself it would’ve been better. But it’s, also hard to remain stable when zooming in real close. Even if I could’ve used manual focus, I don’t know if I could’ve kept the camera still.

      As far as the type of bird, one fb friend and Laura Bruno solved the mystery for me. It’s a tanager. I looked them up They are multi-colored and so pretty. This one landed near me while I sat out on the deck editing my WIP. I feel so lucky to have spotted him.

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      1. Oh nice! We get the occasional western tanager here. They have a yellow body, reddish head, black wings with a white/yellow speculum. Such pretty birds!
        If it will make you feel better, I have my camera on auto rather than trying to figure out what to do manually. I must learn more about it. But it’s fun trying things out.

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        1. Yeah, I usually start out on the auto setting, but it doesn’t pick up the colors like I’m seeing with my eye. Does yours have a manual focus? I’m sure mine does somewhere. I do like trying things out on different settings, but I only had so much time before that gorgeous Tanager flew away. First time for me to hear of or see one of those. I’m very excited. πŸ˜€

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          1. It would be nice if they would hold still for us! You’re right about the colours not coming through, but I didn’t know it was because of manual or not. Yes, mine has it but I haven’t been brave enough to try it out. Don’t know what I’m doing!

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    1. Hi Carrie. I know nothing about birds either. This was a beautiful, multi-colored bird. JM (Jacquelyn on fb) and Laura Bruno solved the mystery for me. It’s called a tanager. I looked them up and they got it right! Yay for solved mystery.

      Thanks, Carrie. Have a nice weekend.

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    1. I was so amazed at this little guy. He was singing to me as I sat out on the deck and edited my WIP. I think the mystery may be solved. An fb friend and Laura Bruno directed me to a tanager bird. Multi-colored beautiful little birds.

      Have a great weekend, L.


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