A bird in the mountains.

I’m in the mountains, at my cabin, with my friend. It’s all lovely.
The sky is free of the smoke that has at times drifted south from Yosemite fires.

Myriah and I drove up earlier this week. She’s never been here before and hadn’t envisioned how remote and un-resortlike it is. We have been talking a lot, catching up on the last 65 years of each other’s lives, including learning how our respective parents met, details of our childhoods and college years and our children’s and grandchildren’s babyhood and wonderfulness.

We’ve been walking, reading, cooking, sitting on the deck. We saw strange large birds our first morning, that we haven’t been able to identify based on our brief glimpse of them thudding into the window and flapping in the trees. That was special enough, to have a close encounter with something other than a Steller’s Jay up here. But this morning while drinking my morning tea I saw a bright bird that quickly flew off, but that had such distinctive colors he was easy to identify from a “Birds of the Sierra Nevada” pamphlet: he is a Western Tanager!

I have no hope of getting a photograph of this fellow, if he even comes near again to sit in a pine tree, so I am showing a picture I found. He has been the highlight of my stay so far. I was as happy as if I had found a bag of gold under a hunk of granite.

 

11 thoughts on “A bird in the mountains.

  1. So nice to get your post! I love the High Sierras and I must confess, I envy you just a little! Last couple of days have been nice here, no humidity and pleasant temps. I have been feeling pretty good, don’t seem as tired anymore and have been skipping my nap…maybe it was stress!!!???

    M.Seraphima

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  2. I’ve seen one Western Tanager in my life and this summer my granddaughter, who is a fabulous 10 year old birder, saw one! I’m always hoping to see one during migration. I’m so happy for you to see it!

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