Documentation of Hepatic Tanager

Observer Information

Reporter:  Polly Neldner  PO Box 358,   La Veta, CO  81055
Other Observers:  Paul Neldner; CFO members on a field trip two days prior saw the male at this same location

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Hepatic Tanager
First Date/Time:  5/20/2012
Last Date/Time: 
Duration (total time in view):  20 minutes
County:  Las Animas
Specific Location:  N 37 deg. 09 ' 32"410', W 104 deg. 36' 10"W. 8/10s of a mile west of mile marker 65, St. Hwy 12
Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Male
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


Pinyon/Juniper with some Ponderosa Pine

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  swarovki 8.5 X 42. 500 mm telephoto lens
Distance:  20 ft. to 100 ft.
Light:  Very good light, slight overcast

Description of the Bird

Dusky auriculars with dark bill. Very bright red-orange. Approx. 8". Grayish back.
Behaviors: Bird responded to call. Flew in about to about 20 ft. away from us then retreated to Ponderosa Pine where it continued to call.
Call: Slower than Robin with distinct pauses.
Plumage: Adult

Similar Species Discussion

Female Hepatic at same location with male will submit photos for both

Resources Used

Sibley's Guide to Birds of North America

Previous Experience

Have seen the bird in Arizona and three days prior we had seen a male Hepatic Tanager at Rouse Road in Huerfano County


Notes made DURING observation

Additional Information

Comments: Female was seen at the same location with the male will submit photos for both
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Elevation: 6035
Other Dates:
Nearest Town: Trinidad
Independent Observers: CFO members on a field trip two days prior saw the male at this same location

Materials Available

Photographer: Polly Wren Neldner

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Date Documentation Submitted

5/20/2012 8:29:00 PM
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