Mike’s Monday Pics – 9/18/23

We went down south of Chicagoland for the Shorebird Fest at Chautauqua National National Wildlife Refuge a few weeks ago.  Nearby at Sandy Ridge Campground some Red Crossbills were spotted gathering near a dripping water faucet so we went to go look for them.  We did find the crossbills but what caught my eye was a molting Scarlet Tanager. It is in the process of molting and has a riot of colors on it.  As a juvenile it is yellow but as it molts into the adult male red some of the yellow remains, some of the yellow and red now look orange, and there is even some green in there, too.  Take a look:

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