This is a belated post from Sunday, April 16. By early evening I was able to escape to the patio and proceeded to kick back and watch the bird and butterfly activity around the backyard. An adult RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD flew in to take long sips of the fresh sweet nectar I had set out a few hours earlier. A very small bird zipped across the back corner section, flying straight into the nest box used by House Wren in previous years. To my surprise, a chickadee flew out. It was observed several times flying in and out. Overhead I heard my FOS CHIMNEY SWIFT. Scanning through the upper branches of the dogwood tree I finally saw two. As I was looking up I happened to catch movement in the upper branches of our neighbor?s quite large wild cherry tree. Usually this time of year Baltimore Oriole are attracted to the Gypsy Moth cocoons. Hopeful of spotting one I was surprised to catch glimpses of bright red. The bird finally emerged onto open section of a branch, a lovely bright ?red? bird with black wings! My FOS SCARLETT TANAGER! Brenda Brenda Tekin Charlottesville, VA Leave behind what you find; if you must take something, take pictures. Photo journal including Birds of Virginia: http://www.birdsofvirginia.com You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.