Scarlet Tanager - Piranga olivacea
I'm so sorry for the bad shot! I was hiking with my kids when my son said that he saw a "cardinal with black wings". I was busy examining a pile of fox scat, and by the time I got up and meandered over to him, the bird had flown up high into a tree. I took this shot with my macro lens ;P. I'm sharing it because I was so excited to see it - it's the second time I've ever seen this bird!
Habitat: Deciduous forest beside a pond
The scarlet tanager is a medium-sized American songbird. Until recently placed in the tanager family , it and other members of its genus are now classified as belonging to the cardinal family . The species' plumage and vocalizations are similar to other members of the cardinal family, although the ''Piranga'' species lacks the thick conical bill that many cardinals possess.