Near Salida, Colorado
July 6, 2023

Today we moved to the national forest below 14,275’ Mt. Antero to boondock for a few days. As I wandered near the site, I heard an insistent bird song. I gasped when I saw a male Western Tanager flying from branch to branch in a low pine nearby. While moving frequently it continuously sang its song, making it easy to track. What a beautiful bird! I have seen them before but only as a colorful streak disappearing into foliage.

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