Western Tanager

This Western Tanager, discovered at Virginia Lake on November 9 2021, represents the fourth confirmed record for Newfoundland (and sixth for the province). It showed extremely well that day, becoming the first one on the island observed by more than one birder! Photo: Jared Clarke, November 9 2021

Piranga ludoviciana

Status: Very Rare (< 5 records)

Origins: Occurs across most of western United States and Canada, wintering south to Mexico and Central America. It is a rare visitor in the east.

Record Details: Five confirmed records for Newfoundland. (1) An individual was observed in St. John’s from November 20-25, 1988. (2) An adult male was photographed visiting a feeder in Point LaHaye on December 6, 2015 but was never relocated. (3) Another one-day wonder, an adult male was also photographed at Little Bay East, Fortune Bay on June 5, 2016. (4) An individual present at Virginia Lake, St. John’s on November 9-15, 2021 was very obliging and showed well for many observers. (5) An apparently different individual, and adult male, was discovered near the lower Rennies Mill River on March 12, 2022 and continued visiting a feeder placed there until at least April 22, 2022.

There have been unconfirmed reports from two other locations: Brown’s Arm (June 5-7, 1993) and St. Lawrence (September 27-28, 2002). There are also two records for Labrador – an adult male visiting a yard in Happy-Valley Goose Bay in May 2007; and at Forteau from December 4-6, 2017.

* NOTE – This website is not an official account and “may” contain incorrect information and/or details of unconfirmed records. *

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